juvenile halls

California Bill to Expand Higher Education in Prisons and Juvenile Halls is on Gov. Newsom’s Desk


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.


    ‘Rooms Infested With Spiders’: California Youth Urge Changes in Conditions at Juvenile Facilities

    Nearly six years after he spent more than a month locked up in a juvenile hall in Los Angeles County, Francisco Martines vividly recalled the conditions in his cell. Inside the small concrete room at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, Calif.,


    A Brave New Approach to Justice for Youth

    Socially conscious documentary film production company A Brave New Films recently released the first installment of its Restorative Justice Series. With over 8,000 children in California juvenile probation facilities, restorative justice has emerged as a more compassionate, more successful, and more cost-effective alternative to the punitive justice system currently failing our nation’s youths.