PACE Practitioner-in-Residence awarded Juvenile Advocate of the Year

On Smacallaireptember 17th, CJCJ’s Executive Director and PACE Practitioner-in-Residence,  Daniel Macallair, was recognized by the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) for his decades of work in the field of juvenile justice. At PJDC’s 13th Annual Roundtable Conference, Macallair was honored with the Juvenile Advocate of the Year Award for 2016, and also provided the keynote address on the “History of the California Youth Authority and Lessons Not Learned.”

In his speech, Macallair detailed some of the findings of his new book After the Doors Were Locked: A History of Youth Corrections in California and the Origins of 21st Century Reform. He gave a brief history of California’s state youth corrections system, now the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and the abuses and violence that have characterized these facilities from 1890 to present day. He also provided context for the cycles of reform that have taken place over the past century, but which subsequently failed to create safe institutions for California’s youth.

Daniel Macallair and CJCJ have focused on California’s youth corrections institutions since our organization’s inception. Recently, CJCJ released a report providing updated information on the state of DJJ titled Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The report finds that, despite the numerous reforms detailed in After the Doors Were Locked, California’s state youth corrections system remains plagued by increasing violence, pervasive gang culture, and deficient mental health treatment.

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