California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Reports High Recidivism Despite Surging Costs

CJCJ's new fact sheet finds that the costs of confining youth in California’s state youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), are expected to climb to $271,318 per youth. According to the data, DJJ’s per capita costs have increased each year since FY 2011-12. Despite rising spending per youth, the most recent DJJ recidivism report reveals persistently high rates of re-arrest, reconviction, and returns to state custody, suggesting deficiencies in DJJ’s rehabilitative programming.

DJJ cost per youth, actual (FY 2008-09—FY 2015-16), and expected (FY 2016-17)

  The fact sheet findings include: 

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Contact: For more information about this report or to schedule an interview with the author, please contact the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice at or (415) 621-5661 x 121.