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Is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Juvenile Justice Reform Substantial Or Symbolic? Experts Say It’s a Wait-And-See.

Originally published by Capital Public Radio.

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair is quoted by Capital Public Radio the importance of local programming for youth in response to the governor’s proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice, which proposes to move DJJ from under the umbrella of the California Department of Corrections, to the Health and Human Services Agency. 

From the article:

The governor announced this week that he wants to end juvenile imprisonment in California as we know it” by moving the Division of Juvenile Justice out of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and into the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Still, the state’s detention centers are plagued by a culture of violence,” said Dan Macallair, executive director of the San Francisco-based Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. He said moving the division into a new department won’t fix these longstanding problems. The daily experiences of kids are going to remain the same,” he said.

… Macallair said a better solution would be to eradicate state-run juvenile justice altogether and put the youth in the hands of counties. A recent report from his organization shows county-run juvenile halls, camps and ranches are operating well below capacity.

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