Children’s Defense Fund—California

Los Angeles County Continues to Develop a Plan to Deter Juvenile Incarceration


Los Angeles Seeks to Delay Sweeping Juvenile Justice Reform Plan

Los Angeles County officials this week committed to a scaled-back version of the Youth Justice Reimagined Plan, a sweeping proposal to transform its juvenile justice system.


L.A. County Considers Free Phone Calls From Jails and Juvenile Halls

Collect calls from all Los Angeles County jails and juvenile detention facilities would be free, and commissary items like deodorant and snacks would be reasonably priced, under a proposal being considered Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.


During the Pandemic, Children of Incarcerated Parents Struggle To Be Seen

As the crippling coronavirus shutdown heads into its seventh month, children of incarcerated parents remain even more isolated from their loved ones behind bars – a still largely invisible population under special strain during COVID-19.


Judge Shoots Down Bid to Free Youth from Juvenile Detention During Pandemic

Even as the coronavirus continues to grow in juvenile halls, a Los Angeles County judge on Tuesday denied a bid to release scores of incarcerated youth in the midst of the deadly pandemic. 


Juvenile Justice Systems Wrestle with How to Shrink the Number of Youth in Lock-Up as Pandemic Intensifies

After advocates pressed Los Angeles County health officials, the Department of Public Health will now inspect juvenile detention facilities administered by the county’s Probation Department. As health concerns for youth in detention mount, advocates in L.A.


L.A.’s Probation Offices Close as Advocates Urge Department to Lower Use of Lockup

The Los Angeles County Probation Department announced on Tuesday that it would shutter all probation offices, close down juvenile detention facilities and consider ways to lower new entries in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.


    California Bill Would Deem Children Under 12 Too Young for Court

    A bill winding its way through the California legislature would bar the juvenile justice system from hearing most cases of children younger than 12, an idea that has sparked a fierce backlash from district attorneys.

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    Alex Johnson Named to Key Grantmaking Role at Cal Wellness

    The California Wellness Foundation has named Alex M. Johnson as the program director for their grantmaking efforts around violence prevention. “For the past 18 years, Alex has been working one way or another to advance equity for underrepresented groups,” Fatima Angeles, vice president of programs at Cal Wellness, said in a press release.


    California’s Juvenile Facility Guards Might Have to Turn in Their Pepper Spray Soon

    California is one of only five states that allows guards at juvenile facilities free reign to carry chemical spray to restrain youth held there. A coalition of advocates and lawmakers in the state are working on a bilateral effort to bring an end to this long-standing practice.