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CJCJ Executive Director Dan Macallair on Closing California's Youth Prisons

CJCJ's Executive Director Dan Macallair speaks with The California Report as California's Division of Juvenile Justice passes into history.

California’s State Youth Correctional System Will Pass into History

Beginning today, California will wind down its infamous Division of Juvenile Justice by limiting new youth commitments.

Youth Filed Fewer Complaints Amid the Pandemic. Is DJJ's Grievance Process Broken?

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed troubling flaws in the grievance process for youth confined in California’s state-run juvenile justice facilities.

Decades of Abuse at California’s DJJ Will End in 2023

The proposed 2021-22 state budget finalizes plans for the closure of California’s barbaric state youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

CJCJ Warns of COVID-19 Outbreak at DJJ, and More

CJCJ Report Warns of Second Major COVID-19 Outbreak in DJJ; Expanding our Juvenile Justice Services to Support Youth; Help Strengthen Families Impacted by Incarceration.

Report Update: COVID-19 Cases Surging in CA Youth Prisons

COVID-19 cases inside the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) increased sevenfold in July. Now, another dangerous outbreak is putting youth at risk.

New Report: DJJ Fails to Protect Youth Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 cases inside the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) increased sevenfold in July. Meanwhile, California is failing to prevent another dangerous outbreak.

CJCJ Provides Trove of DJJ Data to Support Realignment Planning

As part of CJCJ's longstanding commitment to monitoring the health and safety of youth at the Division of Juvenile Justice, we have compiled a trove of otherwise unavailable data reports.

CJCJ Celebrates Closure of California’s Youth Correctional System

In a historic decision, California enacts legislation to close state youth correctional facilities in favor of close-to-home alternatives.

Ending the Harm of DJJ, Investing in San Francisco Youth, and More!

CJCJ News: Support DJJ closure by calling the Governor's office, San Francisco service providers press for justice reinvestment, and Cameo House family moves to a permanent home.

New Fact Sheet: DJJ Realignment Must Address Racial Justice as Youth of Color Are Harmed Most by the Justice System

As California moves to close the Division of Juvenile Justice, state leaders must ensure meaningful oversight and safeguards for youth of color as outlined is Senate Bill 823.

California Must Safeguard Youth in State Facilities Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

California must move quickly to halt the spread of COVID-19 within the state’s youth correctional institutions, the Division of Juvenile Justice.

New Fact Sheet: Spending on California’s Youth Correctional System Soars Amid Administrative Shifts

new CJCJ fact sheet finds that state spending on California’s dangerous and prison-like youth correctional system is expected to soar amid an administrative reorganization. 

CJCJ Co-sponsored Bill Clears Another Legislative Hurdle

The Keep Youth Closer to Home Act (Senate Bill 284), a measure co-sponsored by CJCJ, is one step closer to becoming California state law. Support youth today by helping to pass SB 284.

Governor’s May Revision Proposes Additional Spending on Ineffective DJJ Facilities

As the Governor’s office prepares to transition DJJ into the state’s Health and Human Services Agency, the population is projected to grow by nearly 20 percent.

New Report: Pervasive Violence and Isolation at California's Division of Juvenile Justice Endanger Youth

CJCJ's comprehensive review of conditions at California’s state-run youth correctional system finds a return to its historically grievous conditions that isolate and traumatize youth.

Governor Brown’s Final Budget Delivers Wins and Losses for Youth Justice

In the FY 2018-19 budget, California makes prudent new investments in community-based youth but fails to modernize the state’s juvenile justice data bank and needlessly expands the troubled state youth correctional system.

2018-19 Budget Proposal Would Expand California’s Youth Correctional System at a Time of Falling Populations

Governor Brown, in his final budget, has missed an opportunity to bring an end to the failures of DJJ. Now, state leaders must reject a proposed expansion of the facilities and invest, instead, in community alternatives.

Promoting Alternatives to Incarceration, New Report, and More!

CJCJ launches an initiative to promote alternatives to incarceration, publishes a new report, and tours a model juvenile hall. 

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

UC Berkeley's Oakland North highlights CJCJ research and interviews Maureen Washburn and Erica Webster on the beneficial reforms of Prop 57. 

California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Reports High Recidivism Despite Surging Costs

CJCJ's new fact sheet finds that the costs of confining youth in California’s state youth correctional syste are expected to climb to $271,318 per youth.

2017-18 Budget Expands Youth Prisons and Deepens Reliance on Incarceration

In a time of fiscal caution, Governor Brown’s FY 2017-18 budget proposal deepens California’s reliance on youth incarceration.

Post-Prop 57, California Considers the Lasting Harm of Youth Incarceration

With Prop 57, Californians have voted to curb the treatment of youth as adults. Now we must reimagine the treatment of those who remain in the juvenile system.

October News: New reports, a tour of DJJ & a youth client's success

Two new reports focus on the future of youth justice in California, CJCJ staff tour California's northern youth correctional facilities, and we congratulate a youth client who is now a full-time student. 

New Report: Violent Crime Arrests of Youth in California Expected to Decline Through 2020

CJCJ's new research report predicts ongoing declines in the violent felony arrest rate of California's youth through 2020.

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