SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown says his proposal to eliminate California’s youth prisons and house juvenile offenders in county jails would save the state almost half a billion dollars next fiscal year and $1.4 billion annually while relieving prison overcrowding.
Eliminating the entire Division of Juvenile Justice would save the state $250 million a year, according to brown. Many counties have empty beds in their jails and juvenile halls.Read more
IONE, Calif. — Plans to shut down the Preston Youth Correctional Facility — something that could save the state tens of millions of dollars — is running into opposition. The fight over closing one of California’s few remaining juvenile justice facilities is showing the difficulty that state leaders face as they attempt to close a $25.4 billion budget gap.Read more
TUCSON, Ariz. — Pima County is spending almost $1.2 million to upgrade its juvenile detention facility to house violent juvenile offenders currently held at the county jail.
Next year, officials will begin housing violent juvenile offenders at the existing juvenile detention facility in an effort to free up much needed bed space at the county’s overcrowded adult jail.Read more
In 1992, the people in Douglas County, Kan., began construction of a regional juvenile detention facility, intending to keep their kids close to home. Prior to that time, juveniles were transported to an adjacent county for detention, requiring officials and family to make a 50-mile roundtrip for each visit.