Juvenile Justice and Climate Change: California Has a Chance to Confront Both
California faces crucial choices. The state can continue scrambling to address burgeoning climate-change crises while it spends $316,000 per youth per year to watch Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) inmates languish idly and suffer staggering recidivism, plus $90,000 annually per California Department of Corrections (CDCR) inmate for prisoners offered little rehabilitation.
Despite Controversy, Kamala Harris Made Youth Justice a Priority in California
Back in 2015, when serving as the attorney general of California, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris decided to make justice for children a priority of her office’s work.
We Need a Bold Vision for Juvenile Justice. California Gov. Newsom’s Plan Falls Short
Over the past two decades, California’s Division of Juvenile Justice’s inmate population has fallen from 10,000 to around 660. Its annual budget is down 70 percent. Eight of its 11 detention facilities have closed.
Immigration a Factor in California’s Huge Youth Crime Decline?
The criminal justice system is rapidly disappearing from the lives of California’s young people. In 1995, 255,000 of California’s 3.7 million teenage youths were arrested, and more than 20,000 were incarcerated in state and local youth facilities.
Rates of Arrest for Youth and Young Adults in California Continue Downward Trend
According to new analysis of state data by a Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) researcher, rates of arrest for California youth and young adults declined again in 2015, continuing a steady decline over the past several decades.