DJJ Realignment Portal

Realignment transfers responsibility for managing all youthful offenders from the State to local jurisdictions. Under SB 823, new commitments of juvenile offenders will cease after June 30, 2021.Youth adjudicated but not delivered to DJJ prior to July 1, 2021, will still be accepted. Limited exceptions apply per SB 823.

Under SB 823, chapter 337 (statutes of 2020), juvenile offenders cannot be committed to DJJ after July 1, 2021 unless a youth who is otherwise eligible to be committed under existing law and in whose case a motion to transfer the minor from juvenile court to a court of criminal jurisdiction was filed. If an eligible youth is committed after July 1, 2021, DJJ will process acceptance through current procedures. Youth adjudicated on or before June 30, 2021 will still be accepted and will be subject to the county fee in effect on the date of adjudication.

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.

SB 823 has repealed previous legislation moving the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) into the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) as the Department of Youth and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

DJJ will soon 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.

Throughout this 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. In recognition of the impacts the closure will have on staff, families, and community partners, this portal will be a hub of useful information for all.