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Youth Filed Fewer Complaints Amid the Pandemic. Is DJJ's Grievance Process Broken?Youth Filed Fewer Complaints Amid the Pandemic. Is DJJ's Grievance Process Broken?

Blog—The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed troubling flaws in the grievance process for youth confined in California’s state-run juvenile justice facilities.

Save Cameo House: Help Protect San Francisco’s Most Vulnerable Women and Their Children!Save Cameo House: Help Protect San Francisco’s Most Vulnerable Women and Their Children!

Blog—We urgently need your support to keep Cameo House open so CJCJ can continue serving our community.

The PROMYSE Act Paves the Way for California's YouthThe PROMYSE Act Paves the Way for California's Youth

Blog—Today, Senator Bradford introduced legislation to re-invest hundreds of millions in health-focused and community-based youth services.

Decades of Abuse at California’s DJJ Will End in 2023Decades of Abuse at California’s DJJ Will End in 2023

Blog—The proposed 2021-22 state budget finalizes plans for the closure of California’s barbaric state youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

CA Legislators Call for Youth Releases Amid COVID-19 Outbreak at DJJCA Legislators Call for Youth Releases Amid COVID-19 Outbreak at DJJ

Blog—CJCJ stands behind more than a dozen state legislators in urging Governor Newsom to take swift action on the COVID-19 crisis at the state’s youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile… Continue

CJCJ Warns of COVID-19 Outbreak at DJJ, and MoreCJCJ Warns of COVID-19 Outbreak at DJJ, and More

Newsletter—CJCJ Report Warns of Second Major COVID-19 Outbreak in DJJ; Expanding our Juvenile Justice Services to Support Youth; Help Strengthen Families Impacted by Incarceration.

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 17, Number 2 – Fall, 2020Justice Policy Journal - Volume 17, Number 2 – Fall, 2020

Volume 17—Articles on attitudes towards Ban the Box; the multidimensional struggle of family separation on male migrant workers; the foster-care-to-prison pipeline; extending the school-to-prison pipeline;… Continue

Report Update: COVID-19 Cases Surging in CA Youth PrisonsReport Update: COVID-19 Cases Surging in CA Youth Prisons

Publications—COVID-19 cases inside the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) increased sevenfold in July. Now, another dangerous outbreak is putting youth at risk.

This #GivingTuesday, help strengthen families impacted by incarcerationThis #GivingTuesday, help strengthen families impacted by incarceration

Blog—Your tax-deductible gift will provide youth and families with the support they need through the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Report: DJJ Fails to Protect Youth Amid COVID-19 PandemicNew Report: DJJ Fails to Protect Youth Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Publications—COVID-19 cases inside the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) increased sevenfold in July. Meanwhile, California is failing to prevent another dangerous outbreak.

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What is happening inside California's Division of Juvenile Justice?

Division of Juvenile Justice Data 

CJCJ is committed to protecting youth at DJJ by monitoring facility conditions and raising public awareness. Find out more about DJJ’s population, use of isolation, and the spread of COVID-19 inside facilities.


Next Generation Fellowship

NGF is a leadership development and policy advocacy training for formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals.


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California Sentencing Institute (CASI)

Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.



Seal It 

Do you have juvenile record? This online tool provides eligibility information and step-by-step record sealing guides for all 58 counties. 


After the Doors Were Locked by Daniel Macallair

After the Doors Were Locked

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair's book, a history of youth corrections in California, details the cycle of abuse and reform since the 1890s. 

About CJCJ

Established in 1985 as the Western Regional Office of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA), the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization promoting a balanced and humane criminal justice system through the provision of direct services, technical assistance, and policy analysis.

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