Juvenile Justice

The juvenile justice system refers to the services and supports provided to children under the age of 18 who are involved with the justice system. The juvenile justice system is focused on moving services from treatment facilities to the community, focusing on diversion, and providing age-appropriate treatment.


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On July 1, 2021, the state of California ended most youth admissions  to the three state-run California Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Juvenile Justice facilities within the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). By June 30, 2023, the facilities and DOJ Division of Juvenile Justice will permanently close. The closure was mandated by state Senate Bill (SB) 823 of 2020, which was signed in October 2020; and SB 92 which was signed on May 14, 2021, set the closure date. Over three years, the state will increase its funding to counties by $212 million annually to help . . .
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