National Center for Youth Law


Youth Justice In California - Obstacles to a Public Health Approach

September 15, 2021
This brief highlights three initiatives in California to create systems that support youth, communities, and state by endeavoring to create alternatives to the damaging practice of youth incarceration and strove to center juvenile justice within a public health approach. Each initiative has been met with


September 1, 2021
During the 2021-22 school year, parents and guardians can choose to have their children return to school for in-person instruction or enroll in distance learning through “independent study.” California schools will no longer have to offer a “distance learning” option to students like they did…

Reimagine and Rebuild - Restarting School with Equity at the Center

April 27, 2021
As we recover from the COVID-19 public health and education emergency, it is time to build an education system that places equity at the center so that all students—and especially those most affected by the pandemic and by systemic racism and other injustices—have the support…

Ending Endless Probation - March 2021

March 1, 2021
Probation is the most common court ordered outcome imposed on youth in juvenile court in California. Too often, youth are placed on probation for an unspecified amount of time, while under the microscope of overly burdensome and confusing probation conditions. Youth needlessly spending years on…

Alternative Education in California: A Primer for Advocates and Community Stakeholders

February 11, 2021
This report explores “alternative education” in California and provides essential information about the purpose, structure and accountability mechanisms for California’s alternative education settings. The report also includes an analysis of state enrollment and outcome data from 2018-19 and policy ideas to explore at the local…

Compassionate Systems: Monterey Program - Progress Report

February 3, 2021
NCYL’s Compassionate Systems team is excited to share our Monterey demonstration site 2018/19 program progress report. NCYL launched our demonstration in 2018 in partnership with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) to support students experiencing homelessness to improve their educational outcomes. Our Education Liaisons are…