National Center for Youth Law


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.


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