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Juvenile Justice

California’s juvenile justice system is changing: a new law directs state youth prisons to shut down by 2023 and counties to designate a local detention facility to house young people who previously would have been transferred to a state facility. Youth in the juvenile justice system are ages 13 to 25 and are adjudicated for offenses that range from violent and serious, such as assault and robbery, to non-violent, such as possession of drugs. A disproportionate majority of the youth in state facilities, 88% in 2020, are Black and Latino.