Pandemic Response at DJJ
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 15, 2021, there are no active cases of COVID-19 among youth. A total of 220 cases have resolved since the first case was diagnosed in June, 2020.
- Family visitation was suspended March 2020 and resumed April 10, 2021.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.