New Report: Pervasive Violence and Isolation at California's Division of Juvenile Justice Endanger Youth

SAN FRANCISCO – February 19, 2019 – A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice provides a comprehensive review of conditions at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)—California’s state-run youth correctional system— and finds a return to its historically grievous conditions that isolate and traumatize youth.

The report finds:

This report includes accounts of youth who have experienced life at DJJ directly. Their insights contribute to the report’s findings, alongside information from interviews with family members and facility staff, research, and recent tours of DJJ correctional facilities. For quotes from youth, staff, families, and the report authors, click here.

DJJ’s history is marked by scandals involving widespread abuse and neglect in its facilities. Three years ago this month, DJJ was released from a 12-year conditions lawsuit, ultimately ending court monitoring under assurances by the state that the institution was implementing rehabilitative reforms. As California continues to place hundreds of youth from across the state in DJJ’s care, CJCJ’s new report provides a comprehensive review of life in its facilities.

Read Unmet Promises: Continued Violence and Neglect in California’s Division of Juvenile Justice >>

Contact: For more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact CJCJ Communications at (415) 621-5661 x. 103 or Additionally, requests for facility photos or contact with report interviewees are welcome.

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