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!
I write in strong support of the Governor's plan to fully realign the Division of Juvenile Justice. The state's abusive, expensive youth prisons have wasted state resources and youths' potential for far too long. Our state can no longer afford to spend over $200,000 per youth per year on a system that fails over 80% of the time.
Please set a date for closure of the youth prisons, in order to maximize savings to the state.