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In Surprise Move, Newsom Calls for an End to California’s Youth Prison System
With coronavirus pummeling Californians’ health and economy like a modern day plague, few expected a line item buried in an otherwise deficit-driven budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Thursday: After decades of the state running what was once the country’s most vast and notorious youth prison system, the end could be near for the Division of Juvenile Justice.
California Governor Newsom Vetoes Effort to Shrink State Juvenile Justice Agency
Nearly nine months after California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that he would transform the state’s juvenile justice system, he again moved to bolster the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on Sunday by rejecting a bill that aimed to shrink the agency.
Immigration a Factor in California’s Huge Youth Crime Decline?
The criminal justice system is rapidly disappearing from the lives of California’s young people. In 1995, 255,000 of California’s 3.7 million teenage youths were arrested, and more than 20,000 were incarcerated in state and local youth facilities.
Reports Cites Mental Health Treatment Gaps at California’s DJJ Facilities
Months after California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) left federal oversight over conditions at its correctional facilities, advocates say that problems like institutional violence and poor mental health care are endemic at the three remaining DJJ facilities.
As Juvenile Arrests Plummet, California Still Investing in Incarceration Facilities
Note: This story was updated on July 23 to reflect the correct job title of a source. Despite California’s steep decline in juvenile crime and incarceration rates, the state is spending millions of dollars helping counties finance the renovation and expansion of juvenile halls and camps.