Division of Juvenile Justice


At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at DJJ facilities. However, As part of CDCR’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, normal visiting will be canceled 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://covid19.ca.gov/

While in-person visitation has been suspended due to COVID-19, writing and phone calls are encouraged. You may also be able to video visit with your loved one using Skype for Business. Visit this page for more details.

COVID-19 Letter to Parents (English)

COVID-19 Carta a las Padres (en Español)

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 today, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among youth within DJJ institutions.
  • 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. Innovative Grant programs may continue, if grantees are able.
    • The California Education Authority is continuing high school classes for youth in DJJ, while practicing social distancing.
  • 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 we are working on ways to implement teleconferencing software for “virtual” visits.
  • We encourage letter writing as a way to stay in touch and are increasing the number of postage stamps available to youth.
  • Effective March 27, all staff, volunteers and visitors will be given the same health screenings in place at other state institutions, including temperature checks, prior to entering.
  • 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/
  • DJJ has increased cleaning and disinfecting schedules in common areas and on surfaces.
  • We encourage everyone to stay safe and visit this site often for updates.  https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/

The California Department of Corrections (CDCR) Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) becomes the Department of Youth and Community Restoration (YCR) within the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), effective July 1, 2021. DJJ/YCR provides trauma-informed rehabilitative services to youth in its care. YCR’s mission is to help youth who have hurt people, and have themselves been hurt, to heal, and return safely to the community as responsible and successful adults.

The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) 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 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.

What’s New?

California Conservation Corps – Pre-Corps Program

Greater Valley Conservation Corps, San Joaquin County Office of Education

Through a partnership between DJJ and the Greater Valley Conservation Corps (GVCC), San Joaquin County Office of Education, one cohort of 40 DJJ youth have the opportunity to engage in a paid Pre-Corps program. Only one cohort is selected per year, and includes twenty youth from O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility and twenty youth from N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility.

This California Conservation Corps (CCC) opportunity is open to high school graduates aged between 18 and 24 years who are one to two years from their release date and are not sex offenders. The program provides youth with work experience, professional and leadership development, and job placement opportunities as they engage in conservation projects. Youth in the pre-corps program can engage in workshops and certification classes in the areas of CPR/first aid, forklift operation, financial literacy, OSHA 10, horticulture, and soft skills. The GVCC also identifies education trainings, guest speaking engagements, and post-cohort opportunities for youth.