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California governor seeks to transform youth prisons

Originally posted in the Associated Press (AP).

The Associated Press (AP) quotes CJCJ Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn on the need to serve youth locally as part of Governor Newsom’s proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

In the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 – 20, Governor Newsom asks state lawmakers to move DJJ from under the umbrella of the California Department of Corrections, to the Health and Human Services Agency. 

From the article:

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed Tuesday to change the way California’s juvenile prisons are overseen, eventually closing facilities to cut what he called the ludicrous” cost.

Maureen Washburn of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice called Newsom’s proposal an important recognition of the failure of the state’s current approach. … To be successful, this reform must end our reliance on large, costly, and remote facilities and bring young people closer to home where rehabilitation can happen most effectively.”

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