juvenile halls

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


‘Intolerable’ and ‘Appalling’ — Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls Face New Round of Scrutiny

Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles County has once again come under state scrutiny because of poor conditions for youth. Photo by Dominque Ross.
Los Angeles County leaders — already mired in years of court oversight and damning investigations — now face yet more scrutiny over the failing conditions of their local juvenile halls.

California Budget Plan Supports Shifting Youth from State Prisons to Juvenile Halls, Amid Opposition


California Budget Plan Supports Shifting Youth from State Prisons to Juvenile Halls, Amid Opposition

California's plan to close youth prisons includes investments in local juvenile halls, which critics say aren't rehabilitative or preventative.


California Invests in Higher Education in Prisons and Juvenile Halls

California Assembly Bill 417 would expand college opportunities for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated, if signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.


Report: As California Closes Juvenile Lockups, Counties Fail to Support Intended Rehabilitation

Ventura County Juvenile Facilities Complex. Photo courtesy of Ventura County Probation Department
As California prepares for a major shake-up of its juvenile justice system, a new report suggests that counties are increasingly relying on jail-like juvenile halls to hold youth for long periods of time on indeterminate sentences.


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.


Too Many L.A. County Low-Level Youth Offenders Still in Custody Amid Pandemic, Advocates Say

Although Los Angeles has released scores of youth offenders from its county-run juvenile halls and camps to prevent the grim march of the coronavirus, hundreds of young people charged with “non-serious or minor offenses” remain detained, according to recently filed court documents. 


    Juvenile Halls Are Not Our Destiny

    Counties across California are questioning what has thus far been a hallmark element of a flawed juvenile justice system: juvenile halls. There are many reasons to ask this question at this moment.


    California Youth Have Been Pepper Sprayed More Than 5,000 Times in Three Years

    Young people in California’s juvenile justice system were exposed to chemical agents like pepper spray more than 5,000 times over the course of three years, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California.


    Youth Prison Paradox: Californians Want Them Shut Down While Counties Keep Building

    According to a new poll released Wednesday by the California Endowment, a majority of California residents say they’d like to see all of the state’s juvenile incarceration facilities closed down. The survey comes at a time when counties are adapting to a significant downturn in youth crime and flagging numbers of young people incarcerated at juvenile camps, halls and ranches across the state.