Los Angeles County Supervisors are scheduled to vote today on a motion determining whether or not they will give the go-ahead to a comprehensive plan for a countywide youth diversion program designed to redirect the trajectories of thousands of LA youth who would otherwise be headed for the juvenile justice system.
The report, “A Roadmap for Advancing Youth Diversion in LA County,” outlines a three-phase strategy that, according to one of its authors, could have the first stage of the proposed new diversion program up and running within 18 months — or even less.
The Campaign for Youth Justice published this latest update and summary of the progress made by states in reforming their state justice policies to keep youth out of their adult criminal justice systems. The report highlights how 19 states and the District of Columbia have changed their laws in the period from 2015 to 2017, helping to quicken the trend that began in 2009 through which the number of youth in adult jails has dropped by nearly two-thirds.
At 7 a.m., teenagers are scurrying to dress and head to class. There are no parents or older siblings nearby to push them out of bed and out the door. And the commute isn’t long — just a short walk from prison bed to classroom.