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Los Angeles County Avoids Juvenile Hall Closures, but New Problems Surface

9/16/2021

State Agency Declares L.A.’s Juvenile Halls ‘Unsuitable for Confinement of Minors’

On Thursday, the California Board of State and Community Corrections found L.A. County’s Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall and Central Juvenile Hall out of compliance with state regulations. Photo by Jeremy Loudenback
Nine months after the state sued Los Angeles County over conditions for incarcerated youth, a California regulatory agency has determined that the county’s juvenile halls are “presently unsuitable for the confinement of minors.” 

6/10/2020

Monterey County to Shrink Its New Juvenile Hall Amid Falling Incarceration Rates and Push for Police Reform

With the pandemic pounding government coffers and growing national protests over policing in communities of color, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that it will reduce the size of its soon-to-be constructed juvenile hall.

5/20/2020

California Proposal Would Limit Teens’ Transfer to Adult Jails

Under legislation moving through the California Senate, teenagers who turn 18 and would otherwise be moved to adult jails could remain in juvenile facilities – a shift described as a protective measure against the deadly spread of coronavirus.

5/7/2020

Two L.A. Youth Test Positive for the Coronavirus in Juvenile Halls

A scenario feared by parents and advocates for months came true Thursday, when two teenagers incarcerated in Los Angeles County juvenile halls were confirmed to be infected with coronavirus, just days after testing began for all new arrivals, officials said. 

5/1/2020

In the Midst of COVID-19 Crisis, Alameda County Must Rethink Its Youth Justice System

Late last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that California was granting early release to 3,500 people in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus virus and protect corrections staff.

4/24/2020

For a Half-Century, Pioneering Reformer Worked To Downsize Juvenile Incarceration

Two decades ago, justice reformers Paul DeMuro and Bart Lubow toured a Cleveland juvenile detention facility with corrections officials. As the group discussed policy and practice while walking along one of the prison-like tiers, DeMuro wandered over to where a young teenager was being held in solitary confinement.  

4/14/2020

Advocates Ask California Supreme Court to Release L.A. Youth from Juvenile Jails as COVID Threat Surges

An escalating pressure campaign that began with letters and public protests on behalf of hundreds of incarcerated youth in Los Angeles reached the highest court in California Tuesday – an appeal by advocates to save lives and prevent “devastating harm to young people in custody and their surrounding communities.”

New Jersey Court Weighs in on Lengthy Sentences for People Convicted in Their Youth

4/3/2020

A Mother Terrified for Her Son in a Los Angeles Juvenile Jail During the Pandemic

Before the coronavirus pandemic tore across the globe, a Southern California mom spent her Sundays performing a special kind of devotion, visiting her youngest son in a juvenile jail. Taking time off from driving for DoorDash to travel the 50 miles from her home near Redondo Beach to Los Angeles County’s Barry J.

3/27/2020

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.