October 3, 2022


YLC Releases New Advocacy Guide on Brown Act

YLC has published a new advocacy resource, “Building Community Power in Youth Justice Reform: The Brown Act & Juvenile Justice Realignment in California.” In 2020, CA enacted Senate Bill 823 (SB 823), a landmark law that mandated the closing of the state’s juvenile prisons and established a new public health approach to juvenile justice to be administered by the counties. SB 823 created a new state funding stream—the Juvenile Justice Realignment Block Grant program—to support the expansion of county-based services for youth. This resource is intended to be used to ensure that youth, families, advocates and community members understand their rights under the Brown Act to participate in important local juvenile justice decision making meetings taking place in each county in California, and that members of local Realignment Subcommittees are held accountable.

Check out the resource here.