Tell Gov. Brown: Don't Back Down
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Tell Gov. Brown: Don't Back Down

    1. Petition by

      Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

California’s notorious Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a hotbed of abuse. DJJ prisons are ineffective, violent, and abusive. With an 81 percent recidivism rate and a cost of $200,000 per youth, per year, DJJ is one of the nation's most expensive, yet least effective juvenile justice systems.

In his budget proposal, Governor Brown proposed to close the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) youth prisons. He said the DJJ should stop taking youth beginning in 2013. We simply can no longer afford an expensive, failed youth prison system at the expense of our schools, hospitals, and libraries.

After he proposed a similar closure last year, he caved in to pressure and kept the abusive prisons open. This year we need make sure he follows through and shuts them down!

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    • Antoinette Brown STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      My son, made a few bad choices when he was young. Ended up in the system that didnt work then and is worse now! Children that need help and restoration are pushed over the edge rather, than bringing them back and getting the help they need. Judges are not consistant in how they judge. A child was in the wrong place at the wrong time . He was a good student never been into trouble and the judge sent him to CYA for a petty crime. He was told if he didnt chose a gang before he got there he would be killed . He didnt chose because he just want to do the right thing, do his little time, and go home.. He came up missing the day after he was sent to CYA, they found his body 3 days later behind a washing maching!

      Thank God for a friend who was able to get my son into a different program. That's why I am signing this petition for all the voiceless innocents who are pushed beyond their threshold and have NO ONE to bring them back from the edge. Yes, there are some violent youths that need more maximim security, however they should not be mixed with the those who can make a change in their lives, only if, someone is willing to teach them how to make those steps.

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    • Kathy Scripps SUNNYVALE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Children need education not incarceration!!!

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    • A. Renee Hamilton RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Let's end the era of private industry using the poor and at-risk youth to line their pockets. This is ABUSE! We claim we are a socially advanced society - really? We're sending children to live in conditions that aren't even up to health code! Enough.

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    • Phil Johnson BOULDER CREEK, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      another example of gross political expediency at the expense of our most precious resource: youth in need of compassion, not cruelty. Get with it, Governor; where is your backbone?

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    • kate gallagher NOVATO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      this is such a disgrace and the DOJ is all adults, CA hurts so many children between foster care murders and putting them behind bars, then you rape and torture them. Kids are still safer at home than n foster care or in the juvenile facilities. This is a complete and total disgrace.

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