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New Year, New Opportunities for Reform

New Year, New Opportunities for Reform California Progress Report, December 30, 2011

New Year, New Opportunities for Reform

New Year, New Opportunities for Reform Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, December 29, 2011

The De-incarceration of California's Juvenile Justice System

The De-incarceration of California's Juvenile Justice System Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 30, 2011

DJF: No special treatment for youth with special needs
The 19th report of the Special Master , in the ongoing Farrell v. Cate lawsuit to reform California's Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) was released early September.  A major theme I discovered was the lack of DJF's ability to provide for those individuals with special needs, particularly in the areas of special education, mental health, and wards with physical and mental disabilities.   While these populations may be more challenging to serve than the general population, the presence of…
Selena Teji on the 58 cooks in California's juvenile justice kitchen

Selena Teji on the 58 cooks in California's juvenile justice kitchen Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, August 24, 2011

Selena Teji on California's Broken Juvenile Detention System

Selena Teji on California's Broken Juvenile Detention System Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, August 18, 2011

Farrell Update: Motion Granted
Last week, in response to the July 7th Farrell hearing , Judge Tigar enforced the Prison Law Office's (representing Farrell )  motion to hold California's state-run juvenile correctional facilities (DJF) accountable, specifically for unmet educational and programmatic requirements. DJF remains in violation of a 2005 court order to meet the 4-hour minimum requirement per youth per day for educational programming.  In July 2011, DJF said they needed at least 90 days to hire adequate staff to…
Executive Director Daniel Macallair pays tribute to Allen Breed
CJCJ's Executive Director, Daniel Macallair, honors the life and achievements of juvenile justice reformer Allen Breed, in this article published in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on July 27, 2011. Daniel Macallair: A Fond Farewell to Allen Breed
Delancey Street Foundation celebrates its 40th Anniversary
I recently read an article in Yes Magazine's "Beyond Prisons " issue entitled, "Recipes for Recovery," highlighting San Francisco's own Delancey Street Foundation .  Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Delancey Street is a program unlike any other-- a reentry center for ex-prisoners and addicts, where the residents run the day-to-day, from housing, therapy sessions, businesses, such as their moving company and restaurant. I first learned about Delancey Street four years ago, when I…
New report, same problems: DJF's prolonged progress
Last week, just prior to the Farrell hearing, the Office of the Special Master released the 18th report documenting DJF's efforts to comply with the remedial plans' minimum standards of care.  It covers the following: "¢ Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) audit "¢ Sexual Behavior Treatment Program (SBTP ) update "¢ Integrated Behavioral Treatment Model (IBTM) "¢ 'Use-of-force' report "¢ Closure of Preston Youth Correctional Facility In her report, Special Master Campbell…
Unmet promises subject DJF wards to unconstitutional conditions
Thursday morning's Farrell hearing did not reach a decision.   The purpose of the hearing was to consider the Prison Law Office's (plaintiff) motion to hold DJF (defendant) in contempt of court for the unconstitutional levels of care provided to youth at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF).  The allegations against DJF are strong, as cited in previous CJCJ blogs , and after continued failure to comply with the court orders, the Prison Law Office decided to pursue a more forceful…
Exposing the Truth about Ventura's treatment of youth
The Department of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) has responded to the Prison Law Office's allegations stating that Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) is in fact providing adequate educational and therapeutic services and proper out-of-cell time to the youth detained in their facilities.  The state agency's explanation of remedies appears to be insufficient in order to create a therapeutic and rehabilitative environment for youth in their care and custody.  This is the latest action from the…
Farrell Litigation Timeline
Farrell Litigation Timeline
Farrell Litigation Introductory Video
Flawed programming for DJF youth needing sexual behavior treatment
The most recent evidence of California's Division of Juvenile Facilities' (DJF) continued failure is documented in a report highlighting the State's inability to provide sufficient programming to youth in need of sexual behavior treatment (SBTP).  Audits of the three facilities with SBTP programs occurred September 2010 through February 2011.  As a result, SBTP expert, Barbara Schwartz, found serious deficiencies in core aspects of the program, despite improvement in many compliance items…
Court, Probation, and Community Leaders Meet at Same Table to Discuss Plan for Juveniles Without DJF
Members from CJCJ's Sentencing Service Program recently had the opportunity to attend San Francisco and Alameda counties' discussions on realignment.   Key players in juvenile justice, from the courts, probation and the community sat down together to discuss how the realignment will affect their counties' youth at the May 17th  San Francisco Reentry Council meeting and the June 9th  panel sponsored by the National Council on Crime and Deliquency on, "Keeping our Children Home: How Realigning…
Goodbye Preston
In 1894, the Preston School of Industry opened its doors and begun a 119-year legacy of maltreatment.  Located in Ione, Amador County, this archaic institution was built based on a 19th Century model of congregate reform schools.  It soon developed a reputation for appalling physical conditions and extreme brutality by staff members.  By 1895, allegations arose of ill-treatment, malnourishment and overworking of youth.  In the early-1900's, several newspapers reported foul and degrading…
"Dehumanizing" treatment of wards at DJF facilities continues
After eight years of ongoing attempts to bring California's Department of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) up to constitutional requirements, the "DJJ continues to deprive youth of fundamental rights guaranteed them by State law and this Court's orders."  The most recent document from the Farrell Litigation emphasizes that there are no longer viable excuses as to why these reforms have still not occurred.   The Prison Law Office is set to hold the defendant [Matthew Cate, CDCR Secretary] in contempt…
Juvenile Justice Realignment is now more important than ever.
Having garnered the support for his realignment bill AB 109 to pass, the Governor is now faced with another obstacle: the Vehicle Licensing Fees (VLF) and sales tax extension will not be on the ballot in June. Republicans have blocked the ballot initiative and without the extension many have assumed that the Governor's plans for realignment (which rely on those funds) are indefinitely halted, but why? Without the tax extensions, counties will be pushed to the limit. Approximately $500…
Counties begin to speak out in support of juvenile justice realignment
County officials and local communities are beginning to voice support for the Governor's juvenile justice realignment proposal. San Francisco County Board of Supervisors signed a resolution in March to support the closure of the State youth correctional institutions and reaffirming their commitment to model juvenile justice practices at the county level.  Read the resolution to learn more. The Bakersfield Californian published an editorial at the end of April condemning Kern County's…
Counties feeling strain as state realigns juvenile justice model
Counties feeling strain as state realigns juvenile justice model San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2011.
Counties Differ Radically on Handling of Juvenile Offenders
Counties Differ Radically on Handling of Juvenile Offenders The Bay Citizen, April 17, 2011.
The Morning Mix
The Morning Mix KPFA Radio, April 15,2011.
Do counties have the capacity to absorb the DJF population?
As of March 31, 2011, there are 1,232 youths housed in DJF, yet according to the Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) in 2009 there were over 4,000 available beds at the county-level. Why then are counties resisting the Governor's proposal to eliminate DJF?    In February 2011, CJCJ launched a publication series investigating some of the concerns about the Governor's proposed juvenile justice realignment (See Part One ).  Part Two of the series was an update of two previous reports (see here…
Upcoming Forum on the Future of the California Juvenile Justice System
On April 19, 2011 CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair will join other leading juvenile justice advocates at the Warren Institute to discuss the Governor's proposal to realign juvenile justice to the county level. The discussion will focus on both the benefits and the obstacles inherent in the proposal. See the flyer for details, listed below as an attachment.

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