Division of Juvenile Justice
IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR VISITING
DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
As part of CDCR’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, normal visiting will be cancelled statewide until further notice. DJJ values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation, but at this time the Division must make difficult decisions in order to protect the health and wellness of all who live in, work in, and visit our facilities. Stay up to date on COVID-19 response and prevention recommendations at https://www.covid19.ca.gov
While in-person visitation has been suspended due to COVID-19, writing and phone calls are encouraged. You may be able to video visit with your loved one using Skype for Business. Visit this page for more details. (Visitas por Video – Español)
JPay, an online fee-for-service electronic messaging option, is now available to increase contract opportunities for families and support systems.
COMMUNITY PARTNER INFORMATION
DJJ is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting public contact within our facilities for the safety of our youth, staff and community partners. Community services and support to DJJ youth is very important, so DJJ has been working on finding innovative and creative ways for agencies to continue in a new way. For a more detailed explanation of the community service provider and partner remote access process, please go the Community Partnerships page.
- COVID-19 Letter to Parents (English)
- COVID-19 Carta a las Padres (en Español)
- Executive Orders Related to DJJ and COVID-19
The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) considers the health and well-being of our youth and staff as our highest priority. Here are the latest updates on efforts to combat the coronavirus at our facilities:
- As of October 28, there are no active cases of COVID-19 among youth at DJJ facilities. 70 cases have resolved. Staff cases are tracked here, by facility, https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/cdcr-cchcs-covid-19-status/
- DJJ is following medical isolation and quarantine protocols in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to address COVID-19.
- Following a two month suspension, intake of youth has resumed at the Division of Juvenile Justice, effective September 22. Per protocol, groups of no more than ten youth arrive approximately every two weeks and will held held separately from other youth while being tested twice for COVID-19 before being allowed to join the population.
- To ensure everyone’s well-being, effective March 18, 2020, no volunteers will be allowed to enter DJJ until further notice.
- All volunteer programs are postponed.
- The California Education Authority is continuing high school classes for youth in DJJ, via distance learning.
- Family visitation has been suspended.
- DJJ values family relationship and visitations as vital part of rehabilitation, so DJJ youth are receiving increased free phone calls and implementing teleconferencing software for video visits.
- We encourage letter writing as a way to stay in touch and are increasing the number of postage stamps available to youth.
- All staff, volunteers and visitors are given the same health screenings in place at other state institutions, including temperature checks and periodic and/or as-needed COVID-19 testing.
- Twenty percent of staff will undergo testing every two weeks as part of ongoing COVID-19 surveillance.
- All staff and youth are required to wear cloth face coverings, and have access to hand washing stations and sanitizers. Physical distancing is required at all times.
- Board of Juvenile Hearings proceedings will take place as scheduled via videoconference only. Go to the Board website for more information. https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/juvenile-justice/juvenile-parole-board/
- On April 14, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order addressing the release and reentry process at DJJ so that youth may be discharged safely and quickly.
- DJJ has increased cleaning and disinfecting schedules in common areas and on surfaces, including telephones.
- We encourage everyone to stay safe and visit these sites often for updates. https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/ and https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/covid-19-response-efforts/.
- Please also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here and the California Department of Public Health website here. These websites are regularly updated with the latest information and advice for the public.
The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) provides education and trauma informed 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 communities where they can be closer to their families and local social services that are vital to rehabilitation.
DJJ provides academic and vocational education, medical care, and treatment programs that address violent, criminogenic, and sex offender behavior, as well as substance abuse and mental health needs 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 Integrated Behavior Treatment Model constitutes the framework for DJJ’s programs. It is designed to reduce institutional violence and future criminal behavior by teaching anti-criminal attitudes and providing youth with personal skills to better manage their environments. 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 and reduce their risk of re-offending.