Juvenile Justice

The Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice is leading a project to draft policy briefs on the key juvenile justice issues facing the state and to make recommendations for reform. The project, funded by the California Endowment, is guided by an Advisory Board of practitioners and experts from across the state.

In May 2010, BCCJ released Mental Health Issues in California's Juvenile Justice System

In August 2010, BCCJ released Gender Responsiveness and Equity in California's Juvenile Justice System

The Advisory Board consists of:

  •  Dr. William Arroyo, Medical Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  •  Barrie Becker, California State Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
  •  James Bell, Executive Director, W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity
  •  Gena Castro Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Justice Institute
  •  Gwen Foster, Director of Mental Health Training for the California Social Work Education Center at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare
  •  Curtis Hill, Sheriff, San Benito County 
  •  Hon. Kurt Kumli, Supervising Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court 
  •  Barry Krisberg, former President, National Council on Crime and Delinquency 
  •  Rick Lewkowitz, Sup. District Attorney, Juvenile Division, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office 
  •  Winston Peters, Assistant Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office 
  •  Jerry Powers, Chief Probation Officer, Stanislaus County; President, Chief Probation Officers of California 
  •  David Steinhart, Director, Commonweal Juvenile Justice Program 
  •  Richard Word, Chief of Police, Vacaville Police Department 
  •  Frank Zimring, Professor, Berkeley Law School

For more information on this project, please contact BCCJ Senior Research Associate,
Jennifer Lynn-Whaley.