Report: Juvenile Courts Broken, Broken Broken

The Hayward Daily Review reports that after two years of study, a panel commissioned by the California courts has concluded that the state’s juvenile court system has far too few mental health, drug treatment, and other social services to help adolescent offenders turn their lives around. In addition, both defendants and their families are mystified by an overworked court system that speaks in legalese, leaving them wondering what the hell is going to happen to their children. The Review had an apt quote from Judge Brian John Back, who introduced the study. “”On a typical case,” Back said, “an attorney might say, ‘Well, your honor, the kid was a 601 a couple of years ago, now he’s been picked up on a 422 and a 242, and he’s got an enhancement and we think that maybe you should give him a 654.2.'”

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