New Report: Elevating the Voting Rights of Incarcerated Youth in California



About Elevating the Voting Rights of Incarcerated Youth in California:


Due to recent, sweeping changes to California’s juvenile justice system, the number of voting-age youth in county juvenile facilities is expanding. However, many young people in the juvenile justice system lack the information or access they need in order to exercise their right to vote. Through Public Records Act (PRA) requests to 40 counties, the Youth Law Center has compiled the first statewide review of voting policies and practices in California’s juvenile facilities.


In Elevating the Voting Rights of Youth: How California Can Ensure Voting Access in County Juvenile Facilities, we provide an analysis of the current voting policies in juvenile facilities across the state. Our report identifies problematic gaps, lifts up promising practices, and offers recommendations for both state and county action to protect youth voting. In addition to the report and its analysis, we are posting the public records responses that we received from each county here. We’ve also created fliers in English and Spanish to raise awareness of the voting rights of youth in the juvenile justice system.


We hope that together, these resources will help expand voting access for youth inside county juvenile facilities.


Click here to read the full report.




Click here to access the documents we obtained from each county in response to our California Public Records Act requests.


Flier Summarizing Voting Rights of Incarcerated Youth [English] [Spanish]




View our May 8th, 2024 webinar, featuring presenters Meredith Desautels (Directing Attorney, Youth Law Center) and Tamar Alexanian (Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center) with special guests Keshawn “Shaheed” Price (Community Organizer, Pillars of the Community) and Louise Anderson (Commissioner, Alameda County Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC)).


Recent Press About This Issue:


The Imprint, “California Voters Begin Mailing in Ballots from Libraries, Senior Centers, and, Increasingly, from Juvenile Halls,” Jeremy Loudenback, Feb. 29, 2024.