youth justice


New Round of COVID-19 Infections Hits California Youth Prisons

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
Dozens of young people locked up in California’s youth prison system have tested positive for COVID-19 — the latest outbreak at facilities that have struggled to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

After COVID, Some Rural California Schools Face New Kinds of Discipline Challenges


After Quarantine, Some Rural California Schools Face New Kinds of Discipline Challenges

As schools in California's Monterey Bay region have seen an uptick in student violence, some residents want police officers back on campus.

Families Saved Money After California County Nixed Youth Justice Fees


Florida Proposes End to Costly Juvenile Court Fees

A bipartisan group of Florida state lawmakers filed two companion bills that would prohibit juvenile court fees in the state.


Child Welfare, Youth Justice Program Leaders Among Winners of New York’s David Prize

The creators of a nonprofit helping foster youth age out of the system, and a program to better launch young adults leaving lockups are among five New Yorkers awarded a prestigious local prize for their innovation.


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.


Punitive Youth Justice Still Ignores Science in America, Report Says

Although the population of youth locked up in America plunged by two-thirds between 2000 and 2018, the country stubbornly continues to lead the world with its rate of 60 per 100,000, according to a new report.


Los Angeles District Attorney-Elect George Gascón Vows to Stop Prosecuting Juveniles as Adults

While George Gascón campaigned on making law enforcement agencies more accountable to the community, he also shared a detailed juvenile justice platform. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback
Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón — who last week unseated incumbent prosecutor Jackie Lacey to be top cop in America’s second largest city — has vowed to act on his campaign pledge: Gascón has stated he will not pursue death penalty convictions and will “immediately stop prosecuting children as adults.”


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.


California Legislature Introduces Its Plan for the Closure of State’s Youth Prisons

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
Leaders of the California Assembly and Senate presented detailed plans this week on how the state should shut down its aging and outmoded youth prison system – a revised approach to the youngest and most serious offenders that keeps them out of adult prisons and provides increased oversight of county-run detention facilities and programs.