Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice2018-09-30T23:32:21+00:00

The Problem

Juvenile justice facilities in California are outdated and must be transformed. Many facilities were built in the 1950s and 1960s based on an approach of concentrating large number of youth in regimented, penitentiary-like facilities far from their homes. These facilities — some which even mimic adult prisons — embody a correctional approach to juvenile justice that has been proven to be costly, inhumane and ineffective for young people.

Our Vision

Juvenile justice facilities in California are outdated and must be transformed. Many facilities were built in the 1950s and 1960s based on an approach of concentrating large number of youth in regimented, penitentiary-like facilities far from their homes. These facilities — some which even mimic adult prisons — embody a correctional approach to juvenile justice that has been proven to be costly, inhumane and ineffective for young people.

The Solution

To better achieve both safety and youth well-being, we must:

  • Prevent youth contact with courts, probation and law enforcement whenever possible
  • Ensure treatment of system-involved youth is fair, proportionate and developmentally appropriate
  • Divert resources away from the court and law enforcement system into education, jobs, mental and public health systems and other essential supports that strengthen youth, families and whole communities.

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