Survey Shows Changes at Juvenile Halls, Ranches

SACRAMENTO (April 28, 2020) -- A survey of California juvenile halls and ranches shows fewer bookings, more diversion, and medical testing for those who must be housed and are showing symptoms of possible COVID-19 illness, according to a voluntary survey conducted by the BSCC.

The survey of Probation Chiefs conducted in mid-April is designed to help state and local agencies coordinate their work, and allow the public to find information about juvenile detention practices during the emergency, said Board Chair Linda Penner.

Of the 46 counties with juvenile facilities, 36 responded to the voluntary survey asking how policies and procedures on intake and release have changed during the COVID-19 emergency. Twelve counties do not have facilities and 10 counties did not respond.

A link to survey results is here: