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!