New Report: California Juvenile Justice Funding in Five Bay Area Counties Shows Opportunity for Reinvestment

SAN FRANCISCO – May 15, 2018 – A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice examines how California’s counties use millions in state funding provided by the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) and the Youthful Offender Block Grant (YOBG) intended to serve justice-involved youth within their communities. The report investigates statewide funding trends as well as local trends among five Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo), which receive a significant share of these funds and provide broader insight.

The report finds that JJCPA and YOBG program implementation is out of step with juvenile justice trends and best practices. Amid California's consistent declines in youth crime and confinement, counties continue to invest heavily in detention-based services at nearly-vacant local facilities rather than community-based programs. Counties would benefit from the inclusion of community stakeholders in planning and implementing their funding priorities to meet the diverse needs of youth and communities most affected by the justice system.

Use of JJCPA and YOBG state juvenile justice funds in Bay Area Counties, FY 2016-17

The report finds:

California’s massive investment in JJCPA and YOBG programs signals the state’s commitment to serving youth within the community. However, effective implementation of these programs requires greater accountability measures for counties and prioritization of community engagement throughout planning and reporting processes. Further, these funds provide an opportunity for juvenile justice reinvestment—equipping community-based organizations to support youth by providing critical services in areas such as education, mental health, housing, and reentry.

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County-specific Resources:

JJCPA and YOBG spending priorities vary among five Bay Area counties.

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