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Closing San Francisco's Juvenile Hall: An Analysis of the Youth Population

SAN FRANCISCO – December 26, 2019 – A new research report from CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair and Senior Research Fellow Mike Males provides a comprehensive review of San Francisco's juvenile hall population. This report offers a deeper understanding of population trends within the city’s juvenile justice system amid planning for the closure of its juvenile hall.

San Francisco local youth detention and state confinement, 1990-2019

San Francisco local youth detention and state confinement, 1990-2019

The research report finds:

  • San Francisco holds an average of 37 youth (January-November 2019) in local detention, a decline of 81 percent from its peak in 1996.

  • The annual cost of holding a youth in juvenile hall has risen by more than
    130 percent in the last decade, now costing $316,000 per youth in fiscal year 2018-19.

  • Over one-fifth of youth released from San Francisco's juvenile hall experience lengthier detention periods accounting for more than 75 percent of the hall’s total bed days.

Read the full report >>

For more information about this report or to schedule an interview with the author, please contact the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice at cjcjmedia@cjcj.org or (415) 621-5661 x. 103.

Keywords: Daniel Macallair, Mike Males, probation, San Francisco

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