Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC)
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’s State Juvenile Justice Agency Freezes New Detention Commitments
Late Tuesday afternoon, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) suspended new entries into the state’s juvenile and adult prison systems, part of an effort to protect incarcerated individuals and staff from the spread of the coronavirus.
California’s Plan to Raise the Age of Its Youth Justice System Heads to the Legislature
A plan to expand California’s youth justice system to include 18- and 19-year-olds is heading to the state legislature. State Senator Nancy Skinner (D) is advancing Senate Bill (SB) 889, which would expand the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile justice system by using a proposal put forward by the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) with initial support from youth justice advocates.
An Unlikely Group Wants to Raise California’s Juvenile Justice Age to 20
Efforts to shield more teens from the adult criminal justice system are viewed as a progressive cause across the country. But an effort to expand California’s juvenile justice system to include older youth has drawn skepticism, partly due to its chief architect: the state’s probation lobby.
Los Angeles May Sever Juvenile Justice System from Probation Department
Following state reforms, Los Angeles County may be getting ready to wrest its juvenile justice system away from the county’s embattled Probation Department and place it under the auspices of a health-related or youth-serving department.
Do Public Health Agencies Hold the Key to Working with At-Risk Youth in California?
Amid a shrinking juvenile justice system, a new California bill is part of a statewide debate about how the state should serve young people at greatest risk of involvement with the criminal justice system.
California Governor’s Opening Salvo: Scrapping Its Juvenile Justice System
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) promised to “end the juvenile justice system as we know it” on Thursday as he unveiled his first budget. On a day when he announced major investments in early childhood education, home visiting programs and higher education, Newsom said that big changes are coming to the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice.
Buoyed by L.A.’s Rejection of Juvenile Solitary Confinement, Advocates Eye Elusive Sacramento Win
After Los Angeles County moved to strongly limit the use of solitary confinement in its juvenile detention facilities, advocates are now setting their sights on legislation that would restrict the practice throughout California.
Angel Enters Foster Care through Probation’s Door
A 20-year-old’s saga of abuse, incarceration and heartache illuminates the shadowy intersection of child welfare and juvenile justice. “Like a picture in a magazine.” That’s how Angel’s mother Leah wanted their small townhouse in Pacifica, California, to look.