Juvenile justice

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed removing the state of California from juvenile justice, putting the responsibility on counties.

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The state released its May revision for the 2023/24 budget. The assault on the funding at both the adult and juvenile offender level is staggering. Policies of early release have reduced Pelican Bay State Prison down to approximately 1,650 inmates and total CDCR inmate population to about 92,000.

Now, Gov. Gavin Newsom is poised to shut down and permanently disable youth justice and turn over all adjudication of youth offenders to all 58 individual counties. The impact of this decision on Del Norte County will be profound.


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