Office of Youth Diversion and Development


Advocates Eager to Find Youth Development Funds in California’s Forecasted Cannabis Boom

With high rates of poverty among youth in Los Angeles, a new report prepared by civil rights advocacy group Advancement Project California called on the city to ramp up youth development efforts by drawing on revenue from legalized cannabis.


Q&A: Liberty Hill President Shane Goldsmith Talks Juvenile Justice and Alternatives to Incarceration

This month, Liberty Hill Foundation President Shane Goldsmith was awarded a $100,000 fellowship from the Durfee Foundation to focus on youth justice issues in the county. Goldsmith said she will use the money from the Stanton Fellowship to support the county’s nascent commitment to building a system of youth diversion.


L.A. Advocates Eye Two Paths to Fund Youth Development: Pot Tax, Police Cutbacks

Los Angeles has long lagged behind other major U.S. cities when it comes to youth development spending, especially when it comes to comparing city budgets. But now, between juvenile justice reform efforts at the county level and the planned legalization of recreational marijuana in the city, the floodgates to funding may be starting to open.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors discussed diversion on Tuesday.


L.A. Leads in New Approach for Juveniles Who Have Committed Felonies

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ambitious plan for juvenile diversion that would create widespread opportunities for youth to avoid arrest for misdemeanors and some felony offenses.

Juvenile arrests declined in 2019


L.A. County to Debate Sweeping Juvenile Diversion Plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week will consider a plan to divert thousands of youths at the point of arrest, shielding up to 80 percent of juveniles in the county from probation and permanent records.