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.

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.

Director, Division of Juvenile Justice
Rachel Rios

Michael Minor

Director, Division of Juvenile Justice
Michael Minor is the Director for the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). He was appointed as Director in March of 2012, by Governor Edmund G. Brown. Mr. Minor started his career as an entry level Officer in 1986, and during his 29 years of service he has worked in numerous capacities to include Superintendent, Major, Captain, Lieutenant and Sergeant. As Director, he is responsible for overseeing the state’s three (3) secure facilities and one fire camp. As part of the State's juvenile justice system, DJJ provides services to the most high risk/high need youth.

Director Minor has led the DJJ through some of its most challenging years. Prior to becoming Director, the State had entered into a legal settlement to reform its system. The resulting consent decree was described by the Court expert as one of the most far-reaching remedial plans in American juvenile justice history. Since assuming leadership, Director Minor has successfully removed the DJJ from court oversight in health care, dental care, education, disability rights and effective programs for sex offenders. He has provided leadership and oversight during the Division’s implementation of a cognitive behavior approach to assessing, understanding and treating youth, known as the Integrated Behavior Treatment Model. His guidance has also led to major improvements in mental health care, the DJJ’s last remaining remedial plan, which he hopes to close shortly, ending over a decade of litigation. Mr. Minor earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from The Union Institute & University, Sacramento and is a graduate of the United States Army Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy.