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.

Following a suspension since March 2020, visitation resumed at all DJJ facilities effective April 10, 2021.

Visitors are required to schedule all visits via email using the same system we are using for video visits.  To ensure ample time for DJJ staff to schedule visits and notify families, the timeframe to request a weekend visit will begin Monday at 8:00 am and close down Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Visitation at Pine Grove is on Sundays only.

In-person visiting will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday in two sessions to allow for cleaning between sessions.  Session One will be from 8:30-11:30 A.M. and Session Two from 12:30-3:30 P.M. Please specify whether you are scheduling an in-person or video visit and send an email to the appropriate facility for processing at the following email address:

The Visiting Program may be subject to suspension without advanced notice. Visitors should check this website for status updates prior to their scheduled visit.

Youth will be subject to the COVID-19 screening process prior to leaving their living unit, and shall not be allowed to visit should they display symptoms of COVID-19 or are on quarantine or isolation status.

Both youth and visitors will require a negative test before visitation is allowed. Visitors must provide proof of a negative test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to to the visit.  We ask that the visitors bring a copy of the negative test results when processing for the visit.

Visitors are required to arrive at least one hour before their scheduled visit. Visitors will be subject to a COVID-19 screening including touchless temperature screening and a verbal questionnaire.

Two visitors from the same household are allowed per youth for the in-person visit.

Visitors will be spaced apart from the youth by a minimum of six feet.

Visitors will be provided a procedure mask  which shall be worn at all times during visiting.  Masks must cover the nose and mouth.

Hand sanitizer will be made available in the visiting area for use by visitors and youth.

Outside food is prohibited, and vending machines and waters fountains will not be available. Each visitor and youth will be offered a bottle of water while visiting, which must be discarded prior to exiting the visiting room

Due to the limited timeframe for visiting during these phases, no time for photographs will be available.

All tables, chairs, doorknobs, counters, and other “high touch” surfaces will be cleaned/disinfected at the beginning and end of visiting hours, and in between visitors.

Important Testing Information

Visitors must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to the visit. Tests must be a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Antibody tests will not be accepted. Visitors will not be allowed into the facility without proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Find a testing location near you, including free resources through the California Department of Public Health website.

Additionally, these COVID-19 testing resources may be helpful:

Symptoms and Screening Protocol

The following symptom questions will be asked verbally of all individuals prior to being permitted to enter a facility.

  • Do you currently have any of the following new or worsening symptoms not caused by an underlying health care condition?
    • Fever of 100.4 or greater and chills?
    • Cough?
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
    • Loss of taste or smell?
    • Sore throat?
    • Congestion or runny nose?
    • Nausea or vomiting?
    • Diarrhea (3 or more loose stools within 24 hours)?
    • Unexplained or unusual fatigue?
    • Muscle or body aches?
    • Headache?

Within the past 14 days, have you, while not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, been in close physical contact (six feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

If visitors answered “Yes” to any of the above questions or have any of the above-listed symptoms, they will not be allowed to visit in person.

If visitors answered “No” to the above questions, they will be required to submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test result from a test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to admission into the facility.

Video Visitation and JPay Continues

As an alternative to in person, you may continue to be able to video visit with your loved one using Microsoft Teams. Visit this page for more details. (En Espanol) Cards, letter writing and phone calls are encouraged.

JPay, an online fee-for-service electronic messaging option, is now available to increase contract opportunities for families and support systems.

Estimados sistemas de juventud y familia/apoyo de DJJ

Me complace anunciar que tras la necesaria suspensión de las visitas presenciales a partir del 17 de marzo de 2020 debido al COVID-19, está previsto que las visitas se reanuden en todas las instalaciones de DJJ a partir del 10 de abril de 2021.

Si bien esta es una excelente noticia para todos, el programa de visitas puede estar sujeto a suspensión sin previo aviso en caso de que surjan exposiciones futuras a COVID-19. Los visitantes deben consultar el sitio web de DJJ https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/juvenile-justice/ para actualizaciones de estado antes de su visita programada.

Los visitantes están obligados a programar todas las visitas por correo electrónico utilizando el mismo sistema que estamos utilizando para las visitas de vídeo. Para garantizar un amplio tiempo para que el personal de DJJ programe visitas y notifique a las familias, el plazo para solicitar una visita de fin de semana comenzará los lunes a las 8:00 am y cerrará los martes a las 5:00 pm.

 Las visitas presenciales en todas las instalaciones, excepto Pine Grove, se llevarán a cabo los sábados y domingos en dos sesiones para permitir la limpieza entre sesiones. La primera sesión será de 8:30-11:30 A.M. y la segunda sesión de 12:30-3:30 P.M. La visita a Pine Grove es solo los domingos.

Especifique si está programando una visita en persona o en video y envíe un correo electrónico a las instalaciones adecuadas para su procesamiento en la siguiente dirección de correo electrónico:

·         N.A. Chaderjian: nacvideovisiting@cdcr.ca.gov

·         Cierre de O.H.: ohcvideovisiting@cdcr.ca.gov

·         Ventura: vycfvideovisiting@cdcr.ca.gov

·         Pinar: pgcvideovisiting@cdcr.ca.gov. (Sólo los domingos)

Las familias serán notificadas de su visita programada dentro de las 24 horas posteriores a su solicitud para dar tiempo a planificar el viaje.

Los jóvenes estarán sujetos al proceso de detección covid-19 antes de salir de su unidad de vida, y no se les permitirá visitar si muestran síntomas de COVID-19 o están actualmente en cuarentena o estado de aislamiento médico.

Tanto los jóvenes como los visitantes requerirán una prueba negativa antes de que se permita la visita. Los visitantes deben proporcionar pruebas de una prueba negativa realizada no más de 72 horas antes de la visita. Pedimos a los visitantes que traigan una copia de los resultados negativos de las pruebas al procesar la visita.

Los visitantes deben llegar al menos una hora antes de su visita programada para permitir el procesamiento. Los visitantes estarán sujetos a un examen COVID-19 que incluye pruebas de detección de temperatura sin contacto y un cuestionario verbal. Los visitantes que no puedan pasar la proyección no podrán visitarlo.

Para las visitas presenciales, se permiten dos visitantes de la misma casa por joven, una vez por fin de semana.

Los visitantes estarán separados de los jóvenes por un mínimo de seis pies, incluso si los visitantes han recibido vacunación. Entendemos que será difícil mantener la distancia, pero esperamos que todos entiendan que esto es necesario para la seguridad de la comunidad juvenil, el personal y las familias visitantes.

A los visitantes se les proporcionará una máscara de procedimiento, que debe usarse en todo momento durante la visita. Las máscaras deben cubrirse la nariz y la boca, excepto brevemente cuando se toma una copa.

El desinfectante de manos estará disponible en la zona de visita para su uso por visitantes y jóvenes.

Está prohibido comer fuera y no se disponga de máquinas expendedoras ni fuentes de agua. A cada visitante y joven se le ofrecerá una botella de agua durante su visita, que debe ser descartada antes de salir de la sala de visitas.

Debido al plazo limitado para visitar durante estas fases, no habrá tiempo para fotografías disponibles para que podamos acomodar a tantas familias como sea posible.

Todas las mesas, sillas, picaportes, mostradores y otras superficies de “alto toque” se limpiarán/desinfectarán al principio y al final de las horas de visita, y entre los visitantes.

Información importante sobre las pruebas

Los visitantes deben proporcionar pruebas de una prueba negativa covid-19 tomada no más de 72 horas antes de la visita. Las pruebas deben ser una prueba de reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (PCR). No se aceptarán pruebas de anticuerpos. Los visitantes no podrán entrar en las instalaciones sin prueba de una prueba covid-19 negativa. Encuentre una ubicación de prueba cerca de usted, incluyendo recursos gratuitos a través del sitio web del Departamento de Salud Pública de California .

Además, estos recursos de prueba covid-19 pueden ser útiles:

·         Los Ángeles

·         Fresno

·         Alameda Co.

·        Silicon Valley

·         Sacramento

·         San Joaquín Co./Stockton

Síntomas y protocolo de detección

Las siguientes preguntas de síntomas se harán verbalmente a todas las personas antes de que se les permita entrar en un centro. 

¿Tiene actualmente alguno de los siguientes síntomas nuevos o que empeoran no causados por una afección de atención médica subyacente?

  • Fiebre de 100,4 o más y escalofríos?
  • Tos?
  • Dificultad para respirar o dificultad para respirar?
  • Pérdida de sabor u olor?
  • Dolor de garganta?
  • Congestión o moqueo nasal?
  • Náuseas o vómitos?
  • Diarrea (3 o más heces sueltas dentro de 24 horas)?
  • Fatiga inexplicable o inusual?
  • Dolores musculares o corporales?
  • jaqueca/Dolor de Cabeza?

En los últimos 14 días, ¿usted, aunque no lleva el equipo de protección personal adecuado, ha estado en estrecho contacto físico (seis pies o más durante al menos 15 minutos) con una persona que se sabe que tiene COVID-19 confirmado en laboratorio, o con cualquier persona que tenga algún síntoma consistente con COVID-19?

Si los visitantes respondieron “Sí” a cualquiera de las preguntas anteriores o tienen cualquiera de los síntomas mencionados anteriormente, no se les permitirá visitar en persona.

Si los visitantes respondieron “No” a las preguntas anteriores, deberán presentar un resultado negativo de la prueba PCR COVID-19 de una prueba realizada no más de 72 horas antes de la admisión en la instalación.

Continúan las visitas en video y JPay

Solo se permitirá una visita cada fin de semana, ya sea en persona o a través de vídeo. Como alternativa a las visitas en persona, es posible que continúes visitando en video a tu ser querido usando Microsoft Teams. Visite esta página https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/juvenile-justice/djj-video-visiting-with-microsoft-teams/ para obtener más detalles. (En Espanol) https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/juvenile-justice/djj-visitas-por-video-con-microsoft-teams/ .

JPay, una opción de mensajería electrónica de pago por servicio en línea,ahora está disponible para aumentar las oportunidades de contrato para las familias y los sistemas deapoyo. Puede encontrar información sobre cómo acceder a ese programa en https://www.jpay.com/. Las tarjetas y la escritura de cartas siempre se fomentan.

You may be able to video visit with your loved one using Microsoft Teams. Visit this page for more details. (En Espanol)

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

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 April 19, there are no active cases of COVID-19 among youth. A total of 204 cases have resolved since the first case was diagnosed in June, 2020.
  • Family visitation was suspended March 2020 and resumed April 10, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Intake of youth resumed February 1 after being suspended effective November 24. Per protocol, groups of no more than ten youth arrive approximately every two weeks. They are housed separately from other youth while being tested twice for COVID-19 and then being allowed to join the population.
  • To ensure everyone’s well-being, effective March 18, 2020, no volunteers were allowed to enter DJJ until further notice.
    • Volunteer programs were postponed, or delivered in a virtual format.
    • The California Education Authority is continuing high school classes for youth in DJJ.
  • The California Education Authority is continuing high school classes for youth in DJJ
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Staff will undergo regular testing as part of ongoing COVID-19 surveillance.
  • All staff and youth are required to wear face coverings, and have access to hand washing stations and sanitizers. Physical distancing is required at all times.
  • All staff are required to wear surgical type procedure masks while on facility premises and N95 masks if in contact with youth.
  • 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.

COVID-19 Documents

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.

Youth are assigned living units based on their age, gender, 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.

The Governor’s 2020-21 Budget gradually transfers the responsibility for managing all committed youth housed at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) from the state to local county jurisdictions. The realignment of DJJ services to the counties will eventually bring about the end of the state’s juvenile justice operations. DJJ will no longer accept new commitments after June 30, 2021, with some exceptions defined in SB 823.

The Governors 2021-22 Budget proposes further amending SB 823 to set 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. 

In recognition of the impacts the closure will have, a DJJ Realignment Portal has been established to provide useful information to staff, families, and community partners.