CDF-CA Juvenile Justice
Outdated juvenile justice facilities in California, rooted in a correctional approach from the 1950s and 1960s, are inhumane and ineffective. These penitentiary-like structures, some mimicking adult prisons, fail to address the unique needs of young people, leading to costly consequences for both individuals and society.
We envision a compassionate juvenile justice system that prioritizes the well-being of youth. Our commitment is to prevent unnecessary youth involvement with courts, probation, and law enforcement. We advocate for fair and developmentally appropriate treatment for system-involved youth, promoting their growth and potential.
To realize this vision, we advocate for policies that establish a minimum age for juvenile court prosecution, safeguarding young children from the detrimental effects of justice system involvement. We work to redirect resources from punitive measures toward education, mental health services, and community support, fostering a safe, supportive environment for youth development.