youth prisons

California Budget Plan Supports Shifting Youth from State Prisons to Juvenile Halls, Amid Opposition


Juvenile Justice Realignment Lawsuit: California County Violating State’s Open Government Law

Legal advocates for California’s juvenile justice-involved youth have filed a lawsuit against Fresno County for not welcoming public input in developing local plans for youth justice.

Vaccination Rates in Louisiana’s Crowded Juvenile Lockups Concern Advocates


Vaccination Rates in Louisiana’s Crowded Juvenile Lockups Concern Advocates

With just 1 in 4 of Louisiana’s incarcerated youth fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, children’s advocates say the state should do more to protect them, as the more transmissible delta variant spreads.

Some Los Angeles County residents are opposing plans to move young offenders to nearby camps for rehabilitation as the Division of Juvenile Justice youth prisons close.


Plans to House Youth Offenders Stir Controversy in L.A. County

Residents in the far reaches of Los Angeles County are fighting to block dozens of youthful offenders from being sent to nearby secure detention camps — a key component of statewide reforms to shut down California’s juvenile prisons.

California's youth prisons like the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility will close, leaving plans to house incarcerated youth to counties.


California Counties Develop Local Plans as State Youth Prisons Close

California’s Division of Juvenile Justice stopped admissions this month and now counties are developing plans to house and rehabilitate incarcerated youth.

How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars


It’s On All of Us: Close Youth Prisons, Build Youth Leaders

As California moves to close its youth prisons, it should invest in building youth leaders, writes Katarina Sayally.

COVID testing low in New York's youth prisons


‘Unconscionable:’ Suspected Cases of COVID-19 Far More Widespread Than Previously Known in New York’s Youth Prisons, While Vaccinations Lag

New York's juvenile justice system publicly reports low numbers of COVID-19 cases. Unreleased records suggest the virus spread further among youth and staff.


    Former Youth Corrections Officials: We Want to Help Close Youth Prisons

    It’s time to close this nation’s youth prisons. They don’t serve their purpose: keeping our neighborhoods safe and helping young people turn their lives around. They fail to fulfill this core mission despite costing $150,000 per youth per year.


    Report: Plan to Expand California Youth Prisons Needs Tinkering

    A report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office raised some doubts about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to see more older youth and young adults served in the state youth prison system administered by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).


    Youth Prison Paradox: Californians Want Them Shut Down While Counties Keep Building

    According to a new poll released Wednesday by the California Endowment, a majority of California residents say they’d like to see all of the state’s juvenile incarceration facilities closed down. The survey comes at a time when counties are adapting to a significant downturn in youth crime and flagging numbers of young people incarcerated at juvenile camps, halls and ranches across the state.