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Brave Experiment at a California Boys Ranch Pays Off

Increasingly, experts are recognizing that the best way to improve public safety is to rely less on state correctional institutions for treating youth offenders, and more on the dynamic therapeutic approach delivered at the county level.

Best juvenile justice practices in motion: James Ranch proves it can be done at the county level.
Santa Clara County continues to demonstrate innovative and effective juvenile justice practices that allow it to serve even its most serious juvenile offenders at the county level, begging the question: why aren't other counties doing the same?  In 2006, Santa Clara County recognized that James Ranch was a failure.  It had extraordinarily high recidivism rates, due to a congregate care model that provided violence and custodial management instead of rehabilitation.  The County sent serious…
Quiet Crisis: Youth Violence, Race and Justice

This report is a preliminary portrait of some key trends in youth violence and the juvenile justice system in Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties since the mid-1980s.

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Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.

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