Finally, there was a silver lining amid the bad news of the California budget. With the Governor's signing of the new budget, the controversial practice of time adds in our youth prisons will finally end bringing a sliver of justice and hope to California youth and families.
Our nation's youth, especially in California, need our voices, our advocacy, and our efforts. Let's find ways to invest and believe in our youth, and champion alternatives for reform of the juvenile justice system.
Innovative programs such as the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) have long proven that departing from the large, prison-like correctional institutions in favor of smaller, regionally dispersed facilities is quantifiably and qualitatively more effective.