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California Judges Concerned About Quick Pace of Governor’s Plan to Close Youth Prisons

Friday is the deadline for California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to reach a deal on how to close the state’s youth prison system. Photo courtesy of Calamari Productions
As a Friday deadline looms to decide whether California should shut down its long-notorious youth prison system next year, some fear that without safeguards, hundreds of juvenile offenders will be sent to the adult criminal system, where they face longer sentences, more violence and poorer prospects.


In the Midst of COVID-19 Crisis, Alameda County Must Rethink Its Youth Justice System

Late last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that California was granting early release to 3,500 people in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus virus and protect corrections staff.

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To Eliminate Racial Bias, Child Welfare Breakthrough Tells us to Try Colorblindness

This story was published in partnership with the magazine Washington Monthly.   A few times a month, in an unmarked white office building on Long Island, a group of Nassau County government employees discuss which children they should separate from their parents.


Report: Juvenile Arrest Rate Has Plummeted, but Racial Disparities Remain

The number of youth arrested in America has been cut in half in the past 10 years, though an alarming racial disproportionality still exists when it comes to arrests for violent crimes, according to a report released by the U.S.


The OJJDP Should Strengthen JJDPA’s Rules on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Youth Justice System

We are living at a time when race is central to the national dialogue about justice and the need to transform our broken justice system is an increasing part of the public consciousness.

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OJJDP Will Publish a Final Rule on Disproportionate Minority Contact

The Justice Department last week put into effect new rules on compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The rules were published and made final by the Obama administration, and the new administration signed off after the rules were under review for several months.

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    Justice Dept. Finalizes New Rules for Juvenile Justice Compliance

    The Justice Department announced this week that the rules for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) compliance, finalized by the Obama Administration in January, will take effect. From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Yesterday, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) notified states that the partial final rule amending OJJDP’s Formula Grants Program regulations is approved and now in effect.


    Number of Youth Sent to Adult Court Increased in 2015

    In the lead-up to a Nov. 8 election proposition that will determine the future of the direct file process in California, a new report points to the increasing prosecution of youth as adults in the state.

    El Dorado Juvenile Hall. Photo credit: Max Whittaker


    Funders Help Turn the Tide for Juvenile Justice Reform

    A new precedent was set recently when Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced a plan to establish 20 as the age of jurisdiction for the state’s juvenile justice system. This would make Connecticut the first state to presumptively include anyone over 18 in the juvenile justice system.