Pacific Juvenile Defender Center
Sound Off: California’s Youth Prison Closures
Juvenile justice advocates sound off on California's plan to close youth prisons and develop the Office of Youth and Community Restoration.
Report: As California Closes Juvenile Lockups, Counties Fail to Support Intended Rehabilitation
California Counties Empty Juvenile Halls to Combat COVID-19
California’s State Juvenile Justice Agency Freezes New Detention Commitments
Late Tuesday afternoon, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) suspended new entries into the state’s juvenile and adult prison systems, part of an effort to protect incarcerated individuals and staff from the spread of the coronavirus.
Preventing California from Overcharging Youths into Adult Court
California has taken dramatic steps over the past several years to reduce the transfer of juveniles into adult court system, ensuring that more young people accused of crimes can benefit from rehabilitation in the juvenile system.
New Underwear Is Just One Way California’s Juvenile Detention System Could Live Up to National Standards
For the past nine months, advocates have been mounting a campaign to improve the living conditions of youth incarcerated in California’s juvenile halls, camps and ranches. Changes up for approval include requirements that correctional staff respect the gender identity of youth, and that incarcerated youth are granted visits from their children.