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Stephanie James, Special to CalMatters | California can lead in juvenile justice solutions

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 | North America, United States
Santa Cruz Sentinel
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California’s juvenile justice system has evolved as we have learned more about brain development, the effects of adverse childhood experiences and social, emotional, and mental health needs of our young people.

While ensuring community safety, we have moved away from the old norms of an overly punitive system to one that follows research and science to fulfill the statutorily stated mission of juvenile justice: rehabilitation.

I have worked with San Joaquin County probation for 25 years and served as chief since 2012. In that time, I have spent time with thousands of youths, supervising a caseload and being the Superintendent of Juvenile and Camp Peterson.

When I was the superintendent, I learned in great detail about the youth we were serving. It was painfully obvious to me that they experienced challenges and trauma that my own children had never known, and that they needed counseling and support services that would help them through those challenges.

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