In 2020, California enacted SB 823 / AB 1868, which phases the closure of California’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
Adolescent years are critical to growth and development. Young people who are on probation deserve a chance to meaningfully demonstrate
California took meaningful action in 2018 to affirm the idea that youth need care, not cages by committing a one-time
In 2018, California took a major step towards addressing the criminalization of foster youth for minor behaviors and low-level offenses
This California legislation and accompanying $10 million budget request would create local county pilot offices of youth development and diversion
In 2016, more than 40,000 California youth were arrested or cited by law enforcement officers for misdemeanor and status offenses.
Twenty-four years ago, California changed its laws to allow the prosecution of 14 and 15-year-olds in adult criminal court. This
Numerous scientific studies, court decisions and experience have demonstrated that children are less culpable than adults for the same acts,