Families, youth, human rights groups hail Gov. Brown’s aim to close youth prisons for brighter future with safer communities and more peaceful families
California families and youth along with human rights groups, such as Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, are hailing Governor Brown’s proposal released Thursday to close the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) youth prisons and make the state the nation’s first to reform youth justice statewide. To end human rights violations permeating youth prisons and save the state money, Brown’s 2012-2013 budget proposes that the DJJ stop taking youth beginning in 2013, eventually eliminating the state’s youth prisons.
“The state simply cannot afford to prop up its expensive, failed youth prison system at the expense of schools, hospitals, and libraries,” said Sumayyah Waheed of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
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