PJDC Stands With Solano County Defender’s Free Speech Rights

Solano County Deputy Alternate Public Defender Shelly Saini tirelessly and compassionately advocates for her indigent clients, who are predominantly people of color.  In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Willie McCoy, Sean Monterrosa, and so many others, Ms. Saini, a woman of South Asian descent, decided to stand in …

Available for Download: Model Covid-19 Population Reduction Protocol for Secure Juvenile Facilities

Pacific Juvenile Defender Center, Human Rights Watch and National Center for Lesbian Rights have developed a model protocol for counties to reduce youth populations in their secure juvenile facilities during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  It provides guidance for intake and release, and proposes an interagency process for decision making.  To download your own copy, click on …

Información Para Familias Con Jóvenes Confinados En Juvenile Hall O En Campamentos Del Condado Durante La Pandemia COVID-19

Los expertos en salud advierten que los lugares congregados colocan a todas las personas en un riesgo sustancial de enfermedad y muerte, y declaran que reducir inmediatamente la cantidad de personas alojadas en los centros de detención es críticamente necesario para la salud y la seguridad de estos lugares y de nuestras comunidades. Los jóvenes …

Information For Families With Children Confined in Juvenile Hall or County Camps During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health experts warn that congregate settings place all people at substantial risk of illness and death, and declare that reducing the number of people housed in detention facilities immediately is critically necessary for the health and safety of those facilities and our communities.  Children confined in juvenile halls and camps in California are also at

Available to Lawyers Defending Children: PJDC’s Post-Disposition Petitions/Writ of Habeas Corpus for Release of Children in Congregate Facilities Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health experts warn that congregate settings place all people at substantial risk of illness and death, and declare that reducing the number of people housed in detention facilities immediately is critically necessary for the health and safety of those facilities and our communities.  Children confined in juvenile halls and camps in California are also at

PJDC Calls on California Supreme Court to Provide Guidance to Lower Courts on Releasing Children From Confinement During COVID-19

Photo Courtesy of Richard RossOn April 4, 2020, PJDC sent an open letter to California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, calling on the court and the Judicial Council to issue COVID-19 guidance to juvenile delinquency courts across the State that have not addressed the crisis facing incarcerated children. The letter describes the confusion and failure in Los Angeles …

PJDC’s Transfer Litigation Intensive Forum Has Been Postponed.

The PJDC Governing Board and the Transfer Litigation Intensive Forum Planning Committee have decided to postpone the livestreamed Forum that had been scheduled for Friday, March 20. While last week we were thrilled to find a way to livestream the event, the court closures and issues surfacing about detained youth in response to the COVID-19 …

PJDC Statement on COVID-19 and Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

We, the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC), call upon our state, county, and municipal governments to take immediate action against COVID-19 to protect one of California’s most vulnerable group of children—young people in the juvenile delinquency system. PJDC is California’s largest organization of juvenile justice advocates, comprised of over 1,600 juvenile defenders, policy professionals, and …

Registration Now Open For The 2019 Roundtable

Registration is now open for PJDC’s 16th annual Roundtable on Saturday, September 21st at UC Berkeley Law School in Berkeley. This year’s Roundtable will offer case law and legislative updates, as well as workshops in critical areas of juvenile law and policy with a focus on the traumas our clients face both inside and outside …

Desautels and Song Publish Op-Ed on the Closure of Juvenile Halls

PJDC members Meredith Desautels of the Youth Law Center and Ji Seon Song of Stanford Law School recently authored an op-ed in the Chronicle of Social Change calling for counties to creatively reimagine the juvenile justice system, so that they replace juvenile halls with a transformative vision of youth justice centered in the community. The …