CSAC Bulletin Article

BSCC Approves Revised Juvenile Regulations

February 15, 2018

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) recently approved the biennial update of the regulations guiding the incarceration of juveniles. The updates to Titles 15 and 24 of the California Code of Regulations reflect the latest scientific research into adolescent brain development and the impacts of childhood trauma on behavior and reactions, among other issues.

Highlights of the proposed revisions designed to improve safety for youth and facility staff include: changes to regulations requiring more detailed reporting of use of force incidents; assuring that chemical agents will be employed only after sufficient attempts at de-escalation of potentially violent situations; implementation of trauma-informed care considerations to ensure the safety of all youth and staff; ensuring transition and aftercare plans to help successful reintegration into community; aligning room confinement standards with current law, which includes a four-hour time limit and eliminating confinement as punishment; and ensuring that youth will be allowed to have their own underwear throughout their stay.

The Board ultimately opted to keep the current 1:10 ratio after reading comments submitted in writing to the Board and hearing from a variety of advocates that included the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC). The revisions presented to the Board are available here and here. In the coming weeks, BSCC staff will make minor edits, if necessary, and begin the Administrative Procedures Act process with the Office of Administrative Law, including publication in the California Notice Register. The public will have 45 days for additional public comment before the regulations become final.

For more information please visit: http://bscc.ca.gov/.

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