Realignment of the Division of Juvenile Justice

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SB 823 transfers responsibility for managing all youthful offenders from the State to local jurisdictions, a process known as Realignment. Under 2020-21 Budget Trailer Bill SB 92, commitments of new juvenile offenders ends July 1, 2021.

SB 92 sets a defined closure date of June 30, 2023 for all DJJ facilities. This builds on the Administration’s commitment to providing more treatment and rehabilitative services for youth closer to home.

DJJ will begin the phased closure of its facilities. The decision to close certain housing units or entire facilities will be driven by several factors, including attrition trends, categories of juvenile offenders, and available staffing and program resources.

SB 823 has repealed previous legislation moving the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) into the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) as the Department of Youth and Community Restoration (YCR).

Throughout this Realignment process, DJJ is committed to supporting our staff and continuing to serve the youth under our care by providing programs for successful reentry into the community.

Despite the transition, the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp in Amador County will remain open through a state-local partnership, or other management arrangement, to train justice-involved youth in wildland firefighting skills.

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Send your questions and suggestions to: DJJTransition@cdcr.ca.gov