PJDC in the News

News/radio items that mention PJDC

BH Testifies in Senate https://sbud.senate.ca.gov/sites/sbud.senate.ca.gov/files/Final.%20Agenda%20Sub3.%20Sub5%20Juvenile%20Justice%20Hearing%2002.14.2024.pdf

Vanishing Violence, investigative series by the San Francisco Chronicle (15+ articles in 2019) on continued use of incarceration in the face of falling crime rates, high costs, evidence of harm and the presence of better alternatives, avaialble at https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2019/vanishing-violence-series/

Locked up, left behind, by Evan Sernoffsky and Joaquin Palomino, San Francisco Chronicle (Oct. 3, 2019), available at https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/California-once-sent-thousands-of-juveniles-to-14480958.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=briefing&utm_campaign=sfc_baybriefing_am

California Governor Newsom seeks to transform youth prisons, by Don Thompson, Associated Press (Jan. 22, 2019), available at https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9200901-181/california-governor-newsom-seeks-to

LA Supervisors Point To Soaring Use Of Pepper Spray As Symptom That County’s Juvenile Halls Are Not Safe, by Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA, (Dec. 17, 2018), available at https://witnessla.com/la-supervisors-point-to-soaring-use-of-pepper-spray-as-symptom-that-countys-juvenile-halls-are-not-safe/

Other Juvenile Lockups Are Shunning Pepper Spray, But Its Use is on the Rise in LA, by Jason Kandel and Lolita Lopez, NBC4, Los Angeles (Dec. 13, 2018), available at https://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/Los-Angeles-County-Probation-Department-Pepper-Spray-Use-Skyrockets-Juvenile-Halls-502069662.html

Proposed SF ordinance would require juveniles to have lawyers when interrogated, by Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle (Dec. 11, 2018), available at https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Proposed-SF-ordinance-would-require-juveniles-to-13455840.php

With Nowhere To Go Kids on Probation Stay Locked in Ventura County Juvenile Hall, Ventura County Star (Oct. 4, 2018), available at https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2018/10/04/ventura-county-juvenile-hall-probation-housing-foster-care-justice-reform/1228102002/

Kids With Cognitive Problems Can Be Locked Up for Years Without a Trial, by Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones (Aug. 29, 2018), available at https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2018/08/competence-california-trial-mental-cognition-reform/

Hearing Today for Bill to Ban Prosecution of Children Under 12, by Suzanne Potter, Public News Service (June 12, 2018), available at https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-06-12/juvenile-justice/hearing-today-for-bill-to-ban-prosecution-of-children-under-12/a62868-1

Why Assaults on Officers in LA County’s Juvenile Halls Are Soaring, by Lauren Lee White, WitnessLA (Apr. 24, 2018), available at http://witnessla.com/why-assaults-on-officers-in-la-countys-juvenile-halls-are-soaring/

California Supreme Court Limits Juveniles’ Prison Sentences, by Bob Egelko, Tribune News Service/Governing (Feb. 27, 2018) available at http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/tns-california-supreme-court-juvenile-sentence.html

California Supreme Court: Law Barring Direct File of Juveniles is Retroactive, by Jeremy Loudenback, The Chronicle of Social Change (Feb. 1, 2018), available at https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/california-supreme-court-says-law-barring-direct-file-juveniles-is-retroactive

High Court Weighs if Prop. 57 Retroactive for Youth,” by L.J. Williamson, Los Angeles Daily Journal (Dec. 7, 2017)

New Underwear Is Just One Way California’s Juvenile Detention System Could Live Up to National Standards, by Jeremy Loudenback, The Chronicle of Social Change (Sept. 7, 2017) available at https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/new-underwear-just-one-way-californias-juvenile-detention-system-live-national-standards

In Person Visits, New Underwear, More Counseling: Key Changes Sought in California Juvenile Detention, by Julio Moran, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (May 4, 2017) available at https://jjie.org/2017/05/04/in-person-visits-new-underwear-more-counseling-key-changes-sought-in-california-juvenile-detention/

Listen to Youth Voices to Bring California Facilities Into 21st Century, by Erica Webster, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (Feb. 20, 2017) available at https://jjie.org/2017/02/20/listen-to-youth-voices-to-bring-california-facilities-into-21st-century/ .

Supporters Gear Up for New California Law That Eliminates Direct File, by Sarah Barr, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (Nov. 9, 2016). https://jjie.org/2016/11/09/supporters-gear-up-for-new-california-law-eliminating-direct-file/

States Push for Tougher Standards for Juvenile Defenders, by Rebecca Beitsch, Pew Charitable Trusts, Stateline (May 5, 2016) available at http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/05/05/states-push-tougher-standards-for-juvenile-public-defenders

City Visions: How is California Reforming Its Juvenile Justice System? KALW (Apr. 14, 2016) available at http://kalw.org/post/city-visions-how-california-reforming-its-juvenile-justice-system#stream/0

Department of Juvenile Justice: Empower or end?, by L.J. Williamson, Daily Journal (Feb. 9, 2016).

Synchronizing Youth Programs in California Shows Signs of Success, by Heidi Benson, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (Apr. 21, 2015) available at https://jjie.org/2015/04/21/synchronizing-youth-programs-in-california-shows-signs-of-success/

Adult v. Juvenile Justice: Judge to Decide Legal Path of Teenage Murder Defendant, by Thadeus Greenson, The Times Standard (Sept. 23, 2013), available at http://www.times-standard.com/article/zz/20130923/NEWS/130929106

Courts Seek Ruling on Long Prison Sentences, by Kate Moser, The Recorder (June 10, 2011) [on Caballero], avaialble at http://www.ylc.org/2011/06/courts-seek-ruling-on-long-prison-sentences-for-juveniles/


Items written by the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center

Preventing California from Overcharging Youths into Adult Court, by Sue Burrell, Chronicle of Social Change (Oct. 4, 2019).

Ending “Solitary Confinement” of Youth in California, 39 Children’s Legal Rights Journal (2019), pages 42-87, by Sue Burrell and Ji Seon Song.

The 48-hour Rule in California Juvenile Proceedings, 20 UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy (2016), by Sue Burrell, pages 1-38.

A Rare Consensus on Juvenile Detention, (Sue Burrell with Mark Bonini), Sacramento Bee (June 1, 2016).

Contracts for Appointed Counsel in Juvenile Delinquency Cases: Defining Expectations, 16 UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy (2012), by Sue Burrell, pages 314-369.

Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings in California: A Handbook for Juvenile Law Professionals, Sue Burrell and Rourke F. Stacy, Eds. (2011).

Shifting Values in Juvenile Justice? Perspective, by Sue Burrell, Daily Journal (Dec. 21, 2010).

Juvenile Delinquency: The Case for Specialty Training (January 14, 2010), and Juvenile Defense Attorneys Speak Out Two Part Series, Perspective, by Sue Burrell, Daily Journal (January 15, 2010).

California Juvenile Justice Reform in the 21st Century (So Far), by Sue Burrell, for California Public Defender’s Association Juvenile Seminar (January 2006).

Publications citing PJDC’s materials


Evolution of the Juvenile Court, Barry Feld, 2017

A New Juvenile Justice System; Total Reform for a Broken System, Nancy E. Dowd , Editor, 2015

Other publications

Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy, by Anne Tiegen, for National Conference of State Legislatures, January 2018


Putting Justice in North Carolina’s Justice System, by Jason Langberg, October 2017,


California Courts Website

Cleanslate Clearinghouse

Models for Change

National Juvenile Defender Center (Found under California link)