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AB 915: Youth Community Incentives Act

On February 23, 2013 Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer introduced AB 915 The Youth Community Incentives Act. The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) in partnership with Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), was proud to co-sponsor AB 915.

AB 915 recognized the changing landscape of California’s state juvenile justice system.

AB 915 would have invested in counties, by creating a Youthful Offender Block Grant Fund Part B that would allocate 75% of California’s future savings from decreased DJF admissions and operations cost. The fund consisted of 3 funding streams:

  • 40% allocated to a competitive block grant available to all counties
  • 40% allocated to those counties with net decreases compared to their FY2012-13 baseline
  • 20% allocated to a technical assistance fund for implementation of model programming

Read the AB 915 fact sheet and bill language.

On May 24, AB 915 was held under suspense in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. CJCJ and CURYJ thank everyone who supported AB 915 throughout this process. We will continue to advocate for model local programs in California that best serve our high-needs youth and ensure public safety. 

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