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Department of Juvenile Justice Data & Publications

California’s state youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), has a tumultuous history of violence, abuse, and neglect. For decades, CJCJ has committed to investigating the health and safety of youth at DJJ. Given these systemic issues, California will end most new admissions to DJJ beginning on July 1, 2021 and close all facilities over the next several years. CJCJ will continue providing the public with critical information on this dangerous system until it finally closes.

Here you can find details on DJJ-related subjects (current and historical), which include youth population data, facility conditions, programming, and COVID-19 testing, among many others. These reports also highlight the importance of community-based services to address the unique needs of California’s most vulnerable youth.


For more information about this topic, please contact CJCJ Communications at (415) 6215661 x. 103 or cjcjmedia@​cjcj.​org.

Department of Juvenile Justice Data

Resources, reports, and data on the following DJJ topics can be found by searching our Resources and Reports page.

Model Local Practices

Several county systems provide individualized, culturally responsive services to their high-needs, high-risk adult and juvenile populations that have demonstrated successful long-term outcomes. Deliberate, cost-effective, systemic strategies are essential for local jurisdictions seeking to maximize the use of public funds and avoid overreliance on incarceration. Data-driven strategies can be used re-think criminal justice interventions and services.

CJCJ brings model local practices to the attention of policy makers and practitioners across the state, advocating for resources to reinforce and expand such practices. Additionally, CJCJ works with local practitioners to identify, develop, and implement replicable systems-level approaches that efficiently use local resources to produce positive outcomes for adult offenders.


California is shifting responsibility for serving low-level adult and high-needs youth offender populations from the state to the county level, where local agencies are better able to address their needs and smooth their reentry into the community.

CJCJ produces regular publications to inform state policy makers and the broader public on the effects of adult and juvenile realignment on long-term public safety, offender rehabilitation, and use of public funds.

Justice by Geography

County-by-county analyses reflect disparate applications of justice policy inCalifornia, creating a system whereby an individual’s county of residence significantly affects the outcome of his or her case.

CJCJ highlights these county disparities and establishes a statewide baseline through the California Sentencing Institute, in order to assist local practitioners, researchers, and policy advocates in determining cost-benefit analyses of the varying jurisdictional practices.