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The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California Reclaiming Futures, April 30, 2012

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California California Progress Report, April 24, 2012

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, April 23, 2012

No Rehab: the case of Ventura Youth Correctional Facility
During the March 22 California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety , the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility was repeatedly discussed in testimony and public comment.  For many of California's reform-minded criminal justice advocates, the facility is both a paragon of dysfunction and demonstrates a need as well as an opportunity for meaningful change.  CJCJ and others have previously condemned the institution for its inability to address inhumane living conditions, and a culture of…
CA Assembly hears arguments for juvenile justice realignment
On Wednesday March 28th, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety heard testimony on Governor Brown's proposal to close California's remaining youth correctional facilities.  The Legislative Analyst's Office, Department of Finance, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation presented preliminary testimony, while CJCJ, the Ella Baker Center, Chief Probation Officers of California, and Los Angeles District Attorney's Office provided additional testimony in a second…
Correcting youth corrections in California
Correcting youth corrections in California KALW News, March 21, 2012
California Senate hears arguments for juvenile justice realignment
On Thursday, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety heard testimony on Governor Brown's proposal to close California's remaining youth correctional facilities  and shift supervision of the remaining 985 youth to the county-level.  Strong public testimony was offered by the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analysts Office, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), and the Commonweal Foundation arguing for complete juvenile realignment from a variety of angles.   Dan…
Group Supports Local Juvenile Justice Focus
Group Supports Local Juvenile Justice Focus KRON 4 Weekend News, March 4, 2012
KRON 4: Selena Teji Speaks Out on Juvenile Justice Realignment
If you missed CJCJ's Communications Specialist Selena Teji discussing rational and effective juvenile justice realignment strategies last week on the radio, you can still go to KQED's archived link to "Phasing Out Juvenile Justice " to catch up on the conversation. But make sure you do not miss her again; watch Selena's presentation this weekend on KRON 4 and learn all about CJCJ's juvenile justice realignment recommendations.  Tune in to KRON 4 at 8:15am Sunday…
CJCJ's Selena Teji engages in dialogue on KQED's "Phasing Out Juvenile Justice"
Selena Teji, CJCJ's Communication Specialist, discussed "Phasing Out Juvenile Justice" on KQED's Forum with Barry Krisberg, director of the Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, and Brian Brown, managing principal analyst at the Legislative Analyst's Office. If you missed the show, go to "Phasing Out Juvenile Justice " or review the summary below. The above-mentioned experts discussed the following juvenile justice realignment…
Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) calls for completing juvenile realignment
Last week the LAO released a report entitled "Completing Juvenile Justice Realignment" .  The report supports Governor Brown's juvenile realignment proposal and calls for a staggered closure of DJF facilities while transferring funding and supervision responsibilities to the county level.   The LAO notes that the state's current two-tier system where the state supervises just 1% of incarcerated youth limits county responsibility, limits coordination of community-based…
Phasing Out Juvenile Justice
Phasing Out Juvenile Justice KQED Radio, February 24, 2012
Plan to end juvenile justice division faces fight
Plan to end juvenile justice division faces fight San Francisco Chronicle, February 21, 2012
Report: State Should Shut Down Youth Prison System
Report: State Should Shut Down Youth Prison System Bay Citizen, February 17, 2012
Accused Probation Chief Is Face of Juvenile Justice Reform Effort
Accused Probation Chief Is Face of Juvenile Justice Reform Effort Bay Citizen, February 15, 2012
A sound investment for California taxpayers: prison or college?
California has long been recognized among the nation for its investment in and the priority it has assigned to providing its citizens with affordable access to higher education. However, as a result of the race to incarcerate over the past three decades, California has considerably expanded the budget allocation for corrections while simultaneously cutting the funds spent on higher education. In comparison to other states, California has the largest population, the most students in college, and…
Report: CA Counties Can Absorb Juvenile Offenders Held by State
Report: CA Counties Can Absorb Juvenile Offenders Held by State The Crime Report, February 9, 2012
California Makes History by Closing its Juvenile Prisons
California Makes History by Closing its Juvenile Prisons The Cutting Edge, February 12, 2012
California Activists Calling for Changes to State's Juvenile Justice System
California Activists Calling for Changes to State's Juvenile Justice System Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, February 10, 2012
Counties ready to handle state's juvenile offenders, study says
Counties ready to handle state's juvenile offenders, study says San Diego Union-Tribune, February 9, 2012
Counties ready to handle state's juvenile offenders
Counties ready to handle state's juvenile offenders ABC 7, February 9, 2012
Counties ready to handle juvenile offenders, study says
Counties ready to handle juvenile offenders, study says PublicCEO, February 10, 2012
Ventura YCF: A stain on California
Is this really what our taxpayer dollars are paying for? Lino Silva is one of the 344 juveniles currently incarcerated at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, a 98-year-old youth facility that is crumbling beyond repair.  Facing inhumane and dangerous conditions, and under the threat of reprisals from guards, Lino launched a petition drive through Change.org to improve basic living standards at the Ventura facility. Titled "A Stain on California," Lino's petition states…
Counties ready to handle state's juvenile offenders, study says
Counties ready to handle state's juvenile offenders, study says California Watch, February 9, 2012
Wasting Juvenile Justice Tax Dollars

Wasting Juvenile Justice Tax Dollars California Progress Report, February 9, 2012

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