Bill Would Dismantle Division that Houses Youth Offenders

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 21, 2007

Democratic Assemblywoman Sally Lieber says she applauds the Governor’s proposal to shut down a youth corrections facility in Stockton as part of his revised budget.  Administration officials say they may close more in the future and young inmates would be switched to county facilities.  Lieber says that’s the way to go-- counties would do a better job at rehabilitation and keep young offenders close to family.  She says her bill would commit the state to that plan by getting rid of the whole Division of Juvenile Justice.

“The entire system needs to go away, not just a piecemeal closing of facilities as positive a step as it is. But really it’s a system that’s very, very expensive, doesn’t serve youth well.…”

Corrections and Rehabilitation officials say there are around 26-hundred kids in the system… And they’re working with counties to determine their capacity and the appropriate funding.
Assemblywoman Lieber’s bill (AB 1655) has been approved by the Assembly Public Safety committee and is currently in the Appropriations committee.