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Pacific Juvenile Defender Center

Pacific Juvenile Defender Center
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“Many of the problems that plague the juvenile justice system—including appalling conditions in confinement, inappropriate transfer to adult court, over-representation of children of color, and inadequate health and educational services—could be remedied if every child accused of a crime was well represented by competent counsel...”

— American Bar Association, "America's Children at Risk," 1993 

California Juvenile Justice

This section includes information for California on how the juvenile justice system works; some of the characteristics of youth in the juvenile justice system; what can happen to youth who go through the juvenile system; and what can happen to youth who are tried as adults.  It has information on the critical importance of asserting the right to have an attorney present at every step of the process.

California Juvenile Justice Factsheets

California Juvenile Justice System Overview

California Juvenile Court Process

California Juveniles Tried in Adult Court

California Juvenile Justice Advocacy and Research Groups

Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project, San Jose

Books Not Bars, Oakland

Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity, San Francisco

California Fair Sentencing for Youth, Los Angeles

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, San Francisco

Children’s Defense Fund of California, Los Angeles and Oakland

Commonweal Juvenile Justice Program, Mill Valley

East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Oakland

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, San Francisco

Human Rights Watch, Los Angeles

John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes, San Francisco

Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law & Policy, Los Angeles

National Center for Youth Law, Oakland

Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Prison Law Office, Berkeley

Youth Justice Coalition, Los Angeles

Youth Law Center, San Francisco

Youth United for Community Action, East Palo Alto

Juvenile Justice System Information for Parents and Families

List of California county public defenders’ offices and county-contracted juvenile defenders

Administrative Office of the Courts

Juvenile Court Information for Parents

Cambodian | Chinese | Hmong | Korean | Russian | Spanish | Vietnamese

Books Not Bars

Your Child and the Juvenile Justice System

Su Hijo y el Sistema de Justicia Juvenil

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Reference Sheet on the Immigration Consequences of Delinquency (January 2013)