Article on Juvenile Delinquency Courts

Court System for Juveniles in Disarray:  Study Says State Has Too Many Cases, Not Enough Resources By Karen de Sa  |  Mercury News  — California juvenile delinquency courts are plagued by too many cases, too few services for troubled youth and a total bewilderment among many families involved, a two-year study by the state court system has found. […]

Posted Monday, April 28th, 2008

Support for SB 1147 – Medi-Cal Coverage for Juveniles

The Youth Law Center is sponsoring S.B. 1147, which would require the Department of Health Care Services to adopt protocols and policies to ensure that Medi-Cal eligible youth are not terminated from coverage, solely on the basis that they are inmates of a public institution.  The practical effect of this would be to ensure that […]

Posted Friday, April 4th, 2008

Fresno Birth to 6 Initiative Kick Off

Fresno is the third site to partner with the Youth Law Center to work toward improving the lives of very young children in foster care.  The Fresno Birth to Six Initiative Kick-Off occurred  on March 28 with over 100 social workers and their community partners attending.  See

Posted Friday, April 4th, 2008

Ohio Lawsuit Settles

S.H. v. Stickrath has settled. The settlement is a comprehensive commitment by Ohio to move the state’s juvenile correctional model away from large institutions to a regional small facility delivery system.In the short term the settlement restricts population to the rated facility capacity, increases staffing, implements new staff training, revises use of force, restraints, isolation […]

Posted Friday, April 4th, 2008

Press Release re Ohio Conditions Lawsuit Settlement

Juvenile Justice Reform on Track in Ohio – Class Action Settlement Filed COLUMBUS, OH – A comprehensive class action settlement has been filed today in federal court in Columbus, Ohio outlining reforms for the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS). The system-wide scope of this agreement creates a long-term investment in Ohio youth by infusing […]

Posted Thursday, April 3rd, 2008