Release & Reconnect
Protect California’s Youth (2020)
Initiative Leaders are calling for Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature to adopt the following four recommendations to protect California’s youth who may come into contact with the juvenile justice system during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Recommendation #1: Increase Investments In Local Diversion Programming through Existing State Programs and Grantmaking Infrastructure
- Recommendation #2: Promote Guidelines to Limit New Juvenile Hall Intakes
- Recommendation #3: Promote Guidelines for Early Release from Custody
- Recommendation #4: Fully Support Re-entry Services for Youth Exiting Custody
How You Can Help
- Post to social media about the importance of investing in community-based diversion and re-entry services for youth using #ReleaseAndReconnect. Use our infographic!
- Youth, Guardians, Legal Advocates, and Youth Service Providers: Take a 3 minute survey to raise your voice to educate the media and state policymakers about needed improvements to youth diversion, in-custody treatment, re-entry, and community-based organization resources.
- Do have a story to share about youth’s juvenile justice system experience in your county? Fill out this form.
- Read more about our recommendations in the letter we sent to Governor Newsom and Legislative leaders here.
- Infographic on the importance of community-based diversion and re-entry services
- COVID-19 Risks for Detained and Incarcerated Youth, Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform
- CSG Survey results
- UCLA Tracker
- AG Bulletin stating County Sheriffs and Probation Officers have authority to release youth
- Policy statement outlines recommendations on management of youth involved in the justice system during COVID-19 pandemic
- Advocacy and Collaborative Health Care for Justice-Involved Youth
- Probation Survey of Juvenile Facilities Intake and Release Practices
In the News
- Two LA youth test positive for the coronavirus, Chronicle of Social Change
- Santa Clara County youth in juvenile hall tests positive for COVID-19, The Mercury News
- Solitary, Brawls, No Teachers: Coronavirus Makes Juvenile Jails Look Like Adult Prisons, The Marshall Project