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Report: No reason not to shut down state's youth prisons
Report: No reason not to shut down state's youth prisons KALW News, February 6, 2012
Bringing Down Youth Prisons and Building a Better Place
Bringing Down Youth Prisons and Building a Better Place Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, February 3, 2012
Judge Hyman "California Juvenile Prison Shutdown"
Judge Hyman "California Juvenile Prison Shutdown" Legal Broadcast Network, February 2, 2012
Counties' modern secure facilities have enough institutional capacity for juvenile justice realignment
Counties' modern secure facilities have enough institutional capacity for juvenile justice realignment
DJF culture shift absent as lawsuit continues
As of January 2012, three of California's Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) remain, O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (OHCYCF), N.A. Chaderjian (NACYCF) in Stockton, CA and Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) in Ventura, California.  The Southern Reception Center closed down at the end of the 2011, transferring the remaining youth and 77 staff to VYCF, now the only DJF facility in southern California.  Already plagued with abuses and strained past capacity, VYCF continues to…
Momentum growing for juvenile realignment
Consensus is growing in the Capitol that California's youth correctional facilities need to be closed, with funding and supervision responsibilities realigned to the counties. Building on Past Policy Recommendations: In 2008 the Little Hoover Commission recommended that the state's Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) close its doors and for California to move towards a county-based juvenile system. In early 2011, the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) concluded , "Less than 1…
Fight brewing over historic California plan to close last three youth prisons
Fight brewing over historic California plan to close last three youth prisons iWatch News, January 25, 2012
AB 12: more placement options for juvenile courts
Gov. Brown's proposal to phase-out DJF entirely starting with no new commitments as of January 1, 2013, has many California counties worried about what to do with their most high risk youth, especially the few counties whose juvenile facilities are nearing capacity.  The perceived lack of alternatives has many counties' prosecutors thinking their only option will be to directly transfer this population to adult court.  However, there are in fact many local options for handling youth that would…
Developing Leaders [guest video blog]
CJCJ's guest video blog by Will Roy, discusses challenges to re-entry from the state's youth correctional facilities and what he thinks should be the way forward for juvenile justice in California.   Will Roy is currently a psychology student at the City College of San Francisco.  He was made a ward of the California Youth Authority (now the Division of Juvenile Facilities) in 1997, as a first time offender at the age of 15, and remained a ward until 2003. During his six year CYA…
Gov. Jerry Brown plans $1 billion in prison cuts
Gov. Jerry Brown plans $1 billion in prison cuts San Francisco Chronicle, January 15, 2012
State spends 8 times more than counties to jail juvenile offenders
State spends 8 times more than counties to jail juvenile offenders Manteca Bulletin, January 13, 2012
New report supports Governor's plan to realign juvenile justice
A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) entitled Juvenile Justice Realignment in 2012 provides support for Governor Brown's realignment proposal and offers five policy recommendations that include a three-year process that allows counties time to design new services and infrastructure.  At the end of three years, the state will no longer manage youth correctional institutions and the resources that used to sustain these facilities will be transferred to the…
Counties' responses to the budget triggers
While it costs approximately $193,111 per ward annually to house youth in California's state youth correctional system (Division of Juvenile Facilities: DJF), under the budget triggers (implemented Jan 1, 2012) counties would pick up approx. 65% of that tab ($125,000 per youth), while the rest continues to be paid for by California taxpayers. Counties like Monterey, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Kings have voiced concerns that they would not be able to pay for the 20+ youth they each have in DJF…
Behind Governor's Plan to Close State's Juvenile Justice System
Behind Governor's Plan to Close State's Juvenile Justice System Bay Citizen, January 10, 2012
Gov. Brown proposes shutting juvenile prison system (again)
Gov. Brown proposes shutting juvenile prison system (again) KALW News, January 9, 2012
California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties California Progress Report, January 10, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system Oakland Tribune, January 6, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system Contra Costa Times, January 6, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system San Jose Mercury News, January 6, 2012
California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, January 9, 2012

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties Reclaiming Futures, January 9, 2012

CDAA suggests cutting "other places" to keep youth prisons
On the subject of the Governor's juvenile justice budget triggers, the California District Attorney's Association (CDAA) announced in the New York Times on Sunday, "Obviously we would like him to drop that cut, and cut from other places," said Scott Thorpe, chief executive of the California District Attorneys Association. On January 1, 2012 Governor Brown's budget triggers came into effect. Among many deep cuts across government agencies, the triggers require counties to pay approximately…
Money Refused Could Become Money Owed
Money Refused Could Become Money Owed The New York Times, December 31, 2011
Juvenile Justice Realignment in 2012
Juvenile Justice Realignment in 2012
Cuts could trigger bigger juvenile justice bills
Cuts could trigger bigger juvenile justice bills Bay Citizen, December 31, 2011

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