L.A.’s Mis-Investment in Youth Incarceration


L.A.’s Mis-Investment in Youth Incarceration 

Youth in Los Angeles County shouldn't be imprisoned, they deserve to be invested in, write Tommy Morris and Julio Marcial.

How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars


California Bill Limiting Youth Probation Will Be Considered Next Year

California's AB 503, known as The End Endless Probation Act, would put limits on youth probation. It was filed inactive this legislative session but will be considered next year.


California Weighs Plan to Shrink Probation Supervision Terms for Youth

As the state continues to shrink its juvenile justice system, a bill before the California State Legislature would limit probation supervision to six months for most youth arrested by police, regardless of the offense committed.

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California Leaders Grapple with How to Keep Troubled Youth From Being Sent Out of State

Josiah, 19, at Phoenix Green Park in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Josiah spent one year at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Photo: The San Francisco Chronicle
Answering for its yearslong failure to protect hundreds of young people housed at dangerous out-of-state residential treatment centers, the California Legislature is now tackling how to better serve its most troubled youth on probation and in foster care — closer to their homes, families and communities.


Los Angeles CASA Leader Departs to Head New Probation Oversight Effort

Wendelyn Julien, the CEO of Los Angeles County’s Court-Appointed Special Advocates program, is stepping down from her position at the end of the month after she was chosen to lead a new local office that will oversee the Probation Department.


Los Angeles County Weighs a Transformative Model for Youth Justice

Last year, Los Angeles County supervisors called on a panel of judges, prosecutors, public defenders and youth advocates to reimagine a juvenile justice system and report back.  Now, the results are in, and the 150-member group is calling for an entirely new approach: Instead of surveillance and incarceration, teams of counselors, mediators and community members would help respond to crises and guide youth who commit crimes toward restorative justice and job opportunities.


    Some U.S. Probation Officials Want to ‘Blow Up’ Their Systems

    Pedestrians walking past the Kings County Family Court Building on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Photo: Hiram Alejandro Durán
    The common image of a probation department is a bland government building where a stern man sits with a clipboard, tapping his watch, waiting for an accused person to show up and explain if they’ve complied with a stay-out-of-trouble plan.


    Los Angeles Will Restart Family Visits at Some of its Juvenile Probation Camps

    Even as it faces a still-escalating coronavirus attack, Los Angeles County will reopen in-person family visits at four of its juvenile detention camps this weekend – an attempt to combat the heightened isolation young people locked up during the pandemic are experiencing.


    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.