State Agrees to Reform Youth Authority
State officials have agreed to overhaul the California Youth Authority, which has been criticized for using draconian measures in dealing with its wards.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
At a youth correctional facility in Stockton, Governor Schwarzenegger said his administration is entering into an agreement with the plaintiffs who had sued the state seeking reform of the youth correctional system. California Youth Authority Director Walter Allen says it’s a pivotal moment for the troubled agency. ALLEN :14—The Youth Authority now has an agreed upon a process to correct the deficiencies and is back on the road to being a place where California Juvenile offenders will get the treatment they need to return to society as productive citizens. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs, praised the governor for ending the legal battle. State administrators say some reforms are already in place, with others soon to follow. They couldn’t estimate how much it will cost to implement them. Compliance will be monitored by a California civil rights attorney who represented prisoners in a landmark lawsuit against the state correctional system in Texas. Critics have charged that the C-Y-A at times has brutalized its wards, while failing to rehabilitate them. Bob Hensley KXJZ News. In Stockton, I’m Bob Hensley.