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The Importance of an IBTM
DJF has begun to implement some cognitive-behavioral evidence-based treatment programs in their facilities.  These model programs include Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and CounterPoint.  Both programs are designed in a similar format with the goal of skill acquisition: first the facilitators teach and model relevant skills, then the youths role-play these skills, and eventually the youths are required to practice the skills in their natural setting.  The aim is that youths internalize…
Meaningful treatment cannot happen behind razor wire.
On September 14, 2010, CJCJ staff visited the O.H. Close and N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facilities operated by CDCR's Division of Juvenile Facilities.  Our party of six was accompanied through the facilities by over fifteen DJF staff members comprising all levels of DJF personnel.  This presented us with a unique opportunity to examine DJF's progress in providing rehabilitative treatment and care at various levels of the institutional system.  We are deeply grateful for the opportunity…
DJF Mental Health Experts Resign
On August 2, 2010, the court in the Farrell litigation concluded that Dr. Eric Trupin and Dr. Terry Lee have resigned from their positions as Mental Health experts in the case.   This is compelling news for followers of DJF reform efforts. Almost seven years ago, Dr. Eric Trupin conducted the original investigation of DJF's mental health care, noting "In general we have grave concerns relative to the competence of the psychiatric staff, historical lack of leadership... and the lack of any…
Ventura: Overcrowded and Understaffed
Current information available on the DJF creates concern in regard to the level of rehabilitative care provided in Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.  In the Fifteenth Special Master Report, filed July 13, 2010, experts identified that DJF is experiencing several obstacles to reform resulting from the State's fiscal crisis, including a hiring freeze, lay-off plans, and travel bans.  Moreover, the closure of the Heman G. Stark facility in February of this year required DJF to swiftly transfer…
DJF promotes 85% compliance, but let's not forget the past...
Recently, the Department of Juvenile Facilities (formerly known as the California Youth Authority) claimed to be in 85% compliance with the consent decree under the Farrell litigation.  This percentage cultivates a skewed perception of the state youth correctional facility's progress towards reforming into a rehabilitative environment.  In April 2010, CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair highlighted this issue in the California Progress Report .  As DJF touts its progress it is important…
Wasting Tax Dollars: Public Relations and the California Youth Corrections System

Wasting Tax Dollars: Public Relations and the California Youth Corrections System California Progress Report, April 1, 2010

Third Special Master Report Filed in Farrell v. Hickman: Implementation of Remedial Plans Only Just Beginning
Third Special Master Report Filed in Farrell v. Hickman: Implementation of Remedial Plans Only Just Beginning
Farrell Special Master Report Compliance Tables

A court-appointed Special Master monitors DJF’s compliance with the Farrell consent decree and through the issuance of periodic progress reports. This is a summary of the reports. 

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