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In response to Governor Brown’s proposal to eliminate the State’s Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) and realign juvenile justice in California, a new Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) series investigates some of the underlying concerns about the proposed realignment and reveals radically different juvenile justice practices across California’s fifty-eight counties. 

Part One of the series addresses whether closing DJF would increase county reliance on direct adult criminal court filings. The study’s major findings include: 

  • The majority of counties would not be significantly impacted by the closure of DJF
  • Thirteen counties employ State-dependent juvenile justice practices that would significantly obstruct juvenile justice reform. 
  • These same thirteen counties accounted for 61% of all direct adult criminal court filings and 46% of all DJF commitments, but only 37% of juvenile felony arrests, in 2009

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Part Two in the series demonstrates that California’s counties currently have the available institutional capacity needed to house all juvenile offenders upon the closure of DJF

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Look for more publications in the Juvenile Justice Realignment Series at CJCJ’s Resource Center in the upcoming weeks.