Governor Jerry Brown has proposed phasing out the state Division of Juvenile Justice over the next three years — a move which the Legislative Analyst’s Office says could save the state more than $100 million. But critics argue the counties don’t have the resources or training to take care of the state’s most violent juvenile offenders.

Barry Krisberg, director of the Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law
Brian Brown, managing principal analyst at the Legislative Analyst's Office
Selena Teji, communications specialist with the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

  • Arnot

    It seems Jerry Brown has embraced Milton Friedman’s ideology of forced Social Darwinism. But whereas Friedman’s actions led to the throwing of leftists out of airplanes into the Pacific by South American dictators, Jerry Brown’s action will result in troubled youths’ futures being jettisoned.

  • Alex Polo

    To say that the DJJ is 90% fixed is beyond believe. My son spent over four years there, and through the help of his family reformed. I would say that of his friends that got released since after he did. Most are in prison doing over ten years or life. The best thing the DJJ does is keep our prisons full.

    Alex P

  • Guest

    If you call 23-hour lockup “treatment,” then sure, DJJ is doing a good job.  California can do much better.  It’s time to close this relic of barbaric times.

  • Guest

    Barry Krisberg: Our children are trying to hang themselves with bedsheets and you say we’re stuck in 2002? I think your head is stuck up your a$$. You say you’re monitoring DJJ – why didn’t you know my child (and countless other youth) were being illegally locked up in solitary confinement (until we started complaining about it)? How much do you get paid to “monitor” our children?

  • Mick

    It’s been reduced from 30000 to about 3000. These juveniles are the ones who prey on the others and they will be in your neighborhood soon thanks to Brown. Our counties can’t handle the ultra juvenile criminals and at the same time deal with the petty shopping lifting ones. These kids that are there now if released will create crime sprees unheard in our history and teach others their craft. They need treatment and are receiving it now.

  • HW

    Wow $180,000 per kid per year.  How many community social workers is that?  Three?  With benefits?  Think about Missouri – went community route 30 years ago, over time closed two training schools and took 2 new prisons off the books.  So the money has to devolve to counties and over time (a long time) the savings will come into play.  It is not a quick fix but Missouri also has the lowest crime rates in the country and lowest recidivism rates.  Take a look…

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