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Last Updated: 2/15/2012
Budget Issue: Juvenile justice realignment
Program: Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
Finding or Recommendation: Approve the Governor's proposal to complete the realignment of juvenile justice to counties, as well as adopt additional changes designed to achieve a smooth transition and better fiscal and programmatic outcomes.
Further Detail

Given its potential benefits, we recommend that the Legislature adopt the Governor's proposal to complete the realignment of juvenile justice to the counties. However, we further recommend the Legislature take certain measures to address several concerns in order to ensure a smooth transition that prioritizes rehabilitation and public safety and maximizes state savings.

LAO Recommendations to Ensure Successful and Efficient Juvenile Realignment

  • Develop a funding approach that incentivizes innovation and efficiency.
  • Develop a plan that ensures a smooth transition.
  • Provide state oversight and continuous technical assistance.
  • Require counties to house juveniles sentenced to state prison until age 18.
  • Take measures to minimize a potential increase in juveniles tried in adult court.

Please see our report, The 2012-13 Budget: Completing Juvenile Justice Realignment, for more information.