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Legislative Roundup — California Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Bills Head to the Governor


Citing Costs, California Gov. Gavin Newsom Nixes Child Welfare Reforms, Signs on to Juvenile Bill of Rights

Read The Imprint’s round-up of child welfare and juvenile justice-related legislation signed and vetoed by California’s Democratic governor.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor of California.

Legislative Roundup — California Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Bills Head to the Governor


California Juvenile Justice Bills Head to Governor’s Desk

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon decide on a sweeping plan to curtail the use of probation supervision, a new bill of rights for youth in juvenile detention and limits on how police can interrogate minors.


California Budget Offers Some Targeted Help for Foster Youth and Families

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) outlines his budget at a briefing in May. Photo courtesy of the Office of Gavin Newsom.
In a budget flush with unexpected revenue, California will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the number of homes for foster children, provide cash payments to transition-age youth and improve legal representation in the state’s dependency courts.


California Tax Surplus Could Mean Early Education Investments

Aided by a surprise tax surplus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Wednesday that his forthcoming budget would allow all 4-year-olds in the state to attend transitional kindergarten and would create college savings accounts for low-income first graders.

Legislative Roundup — California Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Bills Head to the Governor


Stimulus Checks Approved for ‘Hungry and Hurting’ Californians

California will provide additional cash benefits to low-income residents battered by the pandemic — including working poor families, children and parents on welfare and undocumented immigrants who are elderly, blind or disabled.

California payments foster youth tax


As California Weathers the Pandemic, A Quiet Season for Child Welfare Bills

With the close of an abbreviated and narrowly focused legislative session amid the pandemic, some of the least fortunate and vulnerable Californians – those involved in child welfare cases – will receive only modest help in the coming year in the form of new legislation.


    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 Juvenile Justice Bills Sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Desk

    Assembly Bill 901 would prevent probation officers in California from working with youth in voluntary probation programs that include contracts or mandatory conditions. Photo courtesy of SBX Youth and Family Services.

    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.