Parole Agents at a meeting

Division of Juvenile Justice

P.O. Box 588501
Elk Grove, CA 95758-8501

Voice: (916) 683-7460
FAX (916) 683-7770

Intake/Court Services
(eligibility for DJJ placement; available rehabilitation programs)
Voice: (916) 683-7483

Ward Master Files
(records information)
Voice: (916) 683-7489
FAX (916) 683-7767

Voice: (916) 683-7754  
FAX: (916) 683-7769



The Division of Juvenile Justice provides education and treatment to California’s youthful offenders up to the age of 25 who have the most serious criminal backgrounds and most intense treatment needs. Most juvenile offenders today are committed to county facilities in their home community where they can be closer to their families and local social services that are vital to rehabilitation.

As a result, DJJ’s population represents less than one percent of the 225,000 youths arrested in California each year, but it is a specialized group with needs that cannot be addressed by county programs.

DJJ provides academic and vocational education, treatment programs that address violent and criminogenic behavior, sex offender behavior, and substance abuse and mental health problems, and medical care, while maintaining a safe and secure environment conducive to learning. Treatment is guided by a series of plans supervised by the Alameda Superior Court, as a settlement agreement in a lawsuit known as Farrell.

Youth are assigned living units based on their age, gender, risk of institutional violence and their specialized treatment needs. The population in each living unit is limited and staffing levels ensure that each youth receives effective attention and rehabilitative programming.

The framework for DJJ’s programs is the Integrated Behavior Treatment Model. It is designed to reduce institutional violence and future criminal behavior by teaching anti-criminal attitudes and providing personal skills for youth to better manage their environment. DJJ staff from every professional discipline work as a team to assess the unique needs of each youth and to develop an individualized treatment program to address them. Through collaboration with the youth, the team administers a case plan that takes advantage of each youth’s personal strengths to maximize treatment in other areas of their life to reduce the risk of re-offending.

Also featured Within Juvenile Justice
Rachel Rios

Michael Minor

Director, Division of Juvenile Justice
Michael Minor, a 26 year veteran of DJJ is Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice.  Minor began his career as an Officer and Youth Correctional Counselor.  Most recently, Minor was Deputy Director of Juvenile Facilities and Programs and also has been Superintendent of the Northern Youth Correctional Complex in Stockton, which houses the N.A. Chaderjian and O.H. Close youth correctional facilities.  

Colorful Flights of Faith for Victims

Butterflies were a symbolic and colorful common language of hope between 400 crime victims in San Joaquin County and juvenile offenders from the Division of Juvenile Justice, in commemoration of National Crime Victims Week.

The butterflies, which were raised by juvenile offenders in their habitat garden inside the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility, were released as a sign of transformation and positive change during a luncheon sponsored by the San Joaquin County Victims Assistance.

Throughout the world, butterflies, some of which migrate thousands of miles around the globe from season to season, are considered symbols of endurance, change, hope and life.

For the youth, raising the butterflies is a rehabilitative exercise to restore their belief that they can change their lives from a criminal past to a more constructive future, in much the same way that a butterfly goes through an enormous transformation from egg, caterpillar and pupa before it emerges in flight. Like the butterfly, crime victims also go through transitions in their lives, emerging as a different person than they were before the crime that affected them.

Rachel Rios, Chief Deputy Secretary for Juvenile Justice noted that DJJ has a strong history of dedication to crime victims. “We believe in the rehabilitation of youth,” she said. “And the first step is to acknowledge what they have done to affect victims through their crimes. When youth recognize the impact they have had on the lives of victims, it’s the first step toward not repeating the mistakes of the past.”

Rios stressed that promoting that awareness is not limited to a National Crime Victims Week, but is part of DJJ’s everyday curriculum. Youth participate in restorative justice projects, including fundraisers for victim’s groups or to pay court-ordered restitution to victims in their individual cases. DJJ youth maintain journals to discuss their insight into their crimes and participate in classes on domestic violence. Crime victims have the option of participating in juvenile parole board hearings, which can provide closure and healing for victims while giving juvenile offenders the opportunity to grow.

Last year, $321,571 was collected from offenders within DJJ facilities and on parole. This figure includes fines imposed by the courts, direct orders disbursed to victims, and orders for Victims of Crime claims. In addition, DJJ youth conducted fund-raising activities to collect donations for community organizations that provide support for crime victims.

DJJ Education

DJJ operates an accredited school district, providing youth with the same high school curriculum in each of its four institutions that they would receive in their local community. Youth attend school each day to achieve a high school diploma. Youth whose commitment period is too short to fulfill that requirement are guided through a GED curriculum. DJJ considers a diploma or GED a minimum requirement for parole consideration. Certificates in a variety of vocations and college classes are offered to graduates as well.

Since 2004, 5,632 youth have achieved some form of academic achievement. The number of youth completing a high school education increased 300 percent, even though DJJ’s population declined by 56 percent during the same time.

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