Youth Justice

SB 439 LA County Status Report

On September 30, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 439 to establish a minimum age of 12 years old for prosecuting youth in juvenile court in California, except in the most serious cases of murder and forcible rape. In response to the passage, the Board of Supervisors (Board) unanimously adopted a motion to set a minimum age for Los Angeles County’s juvenile justice system. The motion directs the Department of Health Services Office of Diversion and Reentry’s Division (ODR’s) of Youth Diversion and Development (YDD) to develop a comprehensive plan to divert younger children from juvenile court jurisdiction and detention.