California's Division of Juvenile Justice Fails to Protect Youth Amid COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "As COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] cases surge worldwide, young people in California's state-run youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), remain at high risk of contracting the deadly virus. During a first-wave outbreak in June and July of 2020, DJJ was unable to control COVID-19's rapid spread, resulting in the infection of one in twelve youth (CDCR, 2020). By the end of the summer, DJJ had one of the highest coronavirus case counts in the nation, with its Ventura Youth Correctional Facility ('Ventura') ranking sixth among over one thousand youth facilities (Rovner, 2020). COVID-19 spread quickly through DJJ due to its cramped living conditions and slow, inadequate responses to the emergency. The system's failure to curb an initial outbreak serves as a warning. DJJ's second COVID-19 crisis could be catastrophic, endangering youth, staff, and nearby communities. California must heed the lessons of this summer to ensure that youth are kept safe - both from the deadly virus and the devastating effects of isolation."

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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