California Moving Away From State Youth Facilities


A new interactive graphic provides a county-by-county look at California's shift away from juvenile confinement at state institutions to community-based programs.

The graphic, created by the non-profit Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice's California Sentencing Institute, allows readers to examine the rates, costs and other factors related to juvenile confinement for each individual California county.

In addition, the graphic provides filters such as gender, race and offense, and contextual information for each county, such as poverty rates and adult institutionalization figures.

California Governor Jerry Brown has passed a series of measures that reduce the juvenile population at state institutions, including eliminating the use of “time-adds” to increase a youth's sentence.

The changes have led to an emphasis on local juvenile justice programs for high needs youth.

Explore the interactive graphic HERE.

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