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Girls in Detention Find Encouragement Through Running Club

From County News Center

Ten teenage girls wearing matching purple T-shirts and Nike sneakers run around and around a small interior recreational yard, marking their hands with a highlighter pen for each lap. Twenty- seven laps is a 5K – the length of the race they plan to run in this Sunday.

“You can do it, keep going,” someone says when one slows to walk.

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‘It’s pretty cool.’ Parents of juvenile offenders see their kids’ art in the courthouse

From the Sacramento Bee

There are two large, glass display cases to the right when you walk through the Sacramento County Juvenile Court. One features a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. constructed from colorful, handmade paper squares. The other has woodwork pieces, including two birdhouses, a small Christmas tree, and a snowman painted white sporting a top hat and red bow tie.

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Can the Design of L.A.’s New Juvenile Detention Facility Change the Future of Youth Incarceration?
Malibu’s Campus Kilpatrick detention facility aims to be a national model for juvenile justice through a humanizing architecture.

From Metropolis -  

Overlooking Malibu, in the midst of the Santa Monica Mountains’ vineyard-dotted landscape, lies Los Angeles County’s $48 million wager on the future of youth incarceration.

Campus Kilpatrick opened its doors in July, replacing a 1960s complex known as Camp Vernon Kilpatrick. California lawmakers voted to allocate County funds to demolish and rebuild the dilapidated detention facility and its harsh, barracks-style quarters.

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California may up its rehab efforts to keep ex-inmates from returning to prison
January 24, 2018

From CALmatters

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to add millions in new spending on programs to help former inmates stay out of jail—a proposal generating bipartisan praise because of concern they are returning to prison in large numbers. But some say it still isn’t enough.

The proposed $50 million would expand job training for prisoners and assist them in finding jobs once they are released, such as training them to become firefighters.

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Slated to Close, Los Angeles Juvenile Detention Camp Will See Second Life as Voluntary Job Training Center
January 18, 2018

From The Chronicle of Social Change - With a dwindling population of youth in its juvenile detention facilities, Los Angeles County will convert a soon-to-be-shuttered juvenile detention camp into a voluntary residential re-entry and vocational training center for so-called “disconnected youth” in the county.

According to the details of the plan, which were obtained by The Chronicle of Social Change, the program will be housed at what is currently Camp David Gonzalez, a detention camp 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

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Criminal justice reform is working
December 22, 2017

From the Press Enterprise

Over the past several years, California has dramatically reduced the prison population, given hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to live a better life free from the burden of a felony record for low-level offenses and freed up hundreds of millions of dollars for crime prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

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Chief Probation Officers of California Elect New President; Executive Officers
San Luis Obispo County Probation Chief Jim Salio Voted 2018 President

Sacramento, CA — The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced their ratified vote to confirm the slate of Executive Officers for 2018 at their quarterly all chief meeting.

The 2018 slate of new executive officers are: President: Chief Jim Salio (San Luis Obispo County), Vice President: Chief Stephanie James (San Joaquin County, Secretary: Chief Steve Sentman (Orange County). 

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State Leaders Recognize 10-Year Milestone of Juvenile Justice Realignment

October 20, 2017

Sacramento, CA — Today, The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) concluded a two-day conference, A Decade of Progress: Probation’s Success with Juvenile Realignment, in Sacramento. The probation Chiefs and attendees heard from Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, among many others highlighting the success of the last decade in California juvenile justice and the continued efforts to maintain and enhance a localized, evidence-based approach to juveniles in the justice system.

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Chief Terri McDonald Discuss Importance of Juvenile Justice Realignment
Probation Chiefs Commemorate 10 Year Anniversary of Historic Reform

Chief Terri McDonald Discuss Importance of Juvenile Justice Realignment

Watch Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer Terri McDonald discuss the importance of Juvenile Justice Realignment and how it has helped make significant progress in California’s juvenile justice system.   

Juvenile Justice Realignment began with the passage of Senate Bill 81 in 2007. This legislation shifted the responsibility for the majority of youth in the juvenile justice system from the state to county probation departments and away from the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) run by the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.