Division of Juvenile Justice


New Round of COVID-19 Infections Hits California Youth Prisons

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
Dozens of young people locked up in California’s youth prison system have tested positive for COVID-19 — the latest outbreak at facilities that have struggled to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Juvenile Justice Realignment Lawsuit: California County Violating State’s Open Government Law


Juvenile Justice Realignment Lawsuit: California County Violating State’s Open Government Law

Legal advocates for California’s juvenile justice-involved youth have filed a lawsuit against Fresno County for not welcoming public input in developing local plans for youth justice.

Los Angeles County Supervisors Approve Therapeutic Approaches to Youth Detention


Los Angeles County Supervisors Approve Therapeutic Approaches to Youth Detention

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to expand therapeutic approaches to juvenile detention Wednesday, which includes mentorship, restorative justice programs and more time outdoors.

How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars


It’s On All of Us: Close Youth Prisons, Build Youth Leaders

As California moves to close its youth prisons, it should invest in building youth leaders, writes Katarina Sayally.


Coronavirus Continues to Rise in California Youth Lockups

Young people from the Pine Grove Conservation Camp juvenile inmate firefighters prepare to battle the Power Fire in Madera County. Photo courtesy of the Department of Juvenile Justice
A staggering 1 in 4 youth incarcerated in California’s prison system for juvenile offenders has been infected with the deadly coronavirus, a grim tally that has grown amid recent outbreaks.


In Historic Move, California Shutters Its Once-Notorious Youth Prison System

With coffers strained by a recession and under pressure to reform deeply flawed criminal justice systems, California Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down a prison system that once held more than 10,000 youth under often-inhumane conditions.

California's youth prisons like the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility will close, leaving plans to house incarcerated youth to counties.


California Legislature and Governor Reach Agreement to Close Youth Prison System

A locked unit at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility. Photo courtesy of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.
Over the objections of county governments and local probation agencies, the California Legislature has reached an agreement with Gov.


California Judges Concerned About Quick Pace of Governor’s Plan to Close Youth Prisons

Friday is the deadline for California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to reach a deal on how to close the state’s youth prison system. Photo courtesy of Calamari Productions
As a Friday deadline looms to decide whether California should shut down its long-notorious youth prison system next year, some fear that without safeguards, hundreds of juvenile offenders will be sent to the adult criminal system, where they face longer sentences, more violence and poorer prospects.


California Legislature Introduces Its Plan for the Closure of State’s Youth Prisons

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
Leaders of the California Assembly and Senate presented detailed plans this week on how the state should shut down its aging and outmoded youth prison system – a revised approach to the youngest and most serious offenders that keeps them out of adult prisons and provides increased oversight of county-run detention facilities and programs.