Data and Publications

Get the latest research and data on juvenile justice in California and beyond.

Our Publications

The Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation Outcomes Study
Children’s Defense Fund - California | April 2015
Examines current data practices and the path of representative youth through the Probation system, and developed a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve youth outcomes.

Rising Up, Speaking Out: Youth Transforming Los Angeles County’s Juvenile Justice System
Children’s Defense Fund - California | January 2015
Five young people share their own unique experiences inside probation camps and amplify key recommendations from an important UCLA focus group study on how to improve conditions inside Los Angeles County’s camps. 

INFOGRAPHIC: Justice for All
Children’s Defense Fund ­ - California | November 2013
An illustrated account of the Camp Kilpatrick Replacement Project, a Los Angeles County realignment project that will replace a 50­-year old probation camp in Malibu with a model facility focused on treatment and rehabilitation. 

Reforming the Nation’s Largest Juvenile Justice System
Children’s Defense Fund - California | November 2013
The most detailed account of the Camp Kilpatrick Replacement Project, a county realignment project to replace a 50­-year old probation camp in Malibu with a model facility focused on treatment and rehabilitation. 

Other Resources

Guiding the LA Model: A Case Study at Three Sites
Jorja Leap, PhD; Carrie Petrucci, PhD; and Karrah R. Lompa, MSW | July 2015
Examines the implementation and adaptations of the Missouri Model at three distinctly different locations, focusing particularly on understanding the implementation and adaptation processes other sites had experienced to help inform the process as Los Angeles County continues to reform its juvenile detention practices and philosophies.

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison
Nell Bernstein | June 2014
An examination of the history of juvenile “reform” schools, the rise and fall of the rehabilitative model, and the reality of what happens behind bars to already traumatized teens: further physical, sexual, and mental abuse. 

Juvenile Detention Facility Assessment
Annie E. Casey Foundation | May 2014
A guide to help Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative sites improve conditions in juvenile detention facilities, including the U.S. Department of Justice regulations for the prevention, detection and response to sexual misconduct in juvenile facilities as part of its implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. 

Trauma and the Environment of Care in Juvenile Institutions
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network | August 2013
This brief outlines how the environment of secure confinement facilities can traumatize youth or exacerbate existing trauma. 

Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States
ACLU and Human Rights Watch | October 2012
An exploration of the impact of isolation of solitary confinement on teenagers based on interviews and correspondence with more than 125 young people in 19 states who spent time in solitary confinement. 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander | January 2012
An examination of the U.S. criminal justice system and its impact upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. 

No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration
Annie E. Casey Foundation | October 2011
This report highlights successful reform efforts from several states and provides recommendations for how states can reduce juvenile incarceration rates and redesign their juvenile correction systems to better serve young people and the public. 

The Missouri Model: Reinventing the Practice of Rehabilitating Youthful Offenders
Annie E. Casey Foundation | January 2010
An examination of Missouri’s award-winning, unconventional approach for dealing with the most hardened juvenile offenders that is producing incredible results with less money.