New Report: California’s Youth Correctional Institutions Jeopardize Health Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO – April 14, 2020 – A new CJCJ report looks at the dangers of life for youth in California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has ignited discussions on public health and the detrimental impacts of incarceration. However, leaders have largely overlooked youth who are housed in overcrowded, decaying, and unsanitary state-run institutions where they lack access to quality health care. 

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These critical flaws in the state’s outdated juvenile justice system have fueled calls for reform in decades past, and now require urgent action during this pandemic. As advocates across the nation are calling for the release of youth from lock-ups in light of the risks presented by COVID-19, CJCJ expands on immediate calls to action by outlining strategies for lasting reform. This includes recommendations to reduce DJJ’s population, establish independent monitoring, invest in community-based programs, and ultimately close California’s dangerous DJJ facilities.

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