Juveniles tried as adults receive help to prepare for serving sentences
By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer
To help ease anxiety, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) along with the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) and Deuel Vocational Institution, teamed up to prepare San Joaquin County’s young offenders for time to be served in state facilities.
Twenty-two youth attended the event at the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall. The program was coordinated by the juvenile hall along with the DJJ Intake Liaisons. The effort was geared toward youth who were tried as adults and are scheduled to serve their sentences in adult facilities when they reach 18 years old.
The benefit of the presentation to the youth is to help them reduce their anxiety about what to expect, and to help them understand the programs available while in custody. It also helps dispel any myths the youth may have heard about their futures in DJJ and adult facilities.
This is just one of many collaboration projects involving the various state correctional facilities. According to officials, DJJ is moving to collaborate more with both adult facilities and field parole since DJJ transfers cases to both.