It is with deep sadness that the Commission reports that a vacancy has been created by the unfortunate passing of Jamie Miller. Jamie was a tremendous, long-term member of the Commission, serving as co-chair from July 2019-July 2020. We all deeply mourn Jamie’s passing, and send our deepest condolences to her family and friends.
The Vice-Chair of the Commission, Suzanne Heim-Bowen, has submitted her resignation. The Commission deeply wishes Suzanne and her family the best, and thanks her for her years of service on the Commission.
On August 3, 2020 the Commission issued a statement in regards to the proposed closure of the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility (OAYRF). The full statement can be found here. Any inquiries should be directed to the Chair of the Commission.
Here is the Executive Summary of the Statement:
The Contra Costa Juvenile Justice Commission engaged in extensive fact-finding, including interviewing Probation staff and youth currently at the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility (OAYRF), as well as extensive conversations with Contra Costa County agencies, community-based organizations, and solicited feedback.
The Commission has come to the conclusion that now is not the time to make a final decision about closing the OAYRF, and strongly recommends that the Board of Supervisors votes to retain the facility in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
The Commission calls on the Board of Supervisors to sponsor a larger conversation about the juvenile justice system in Contra Costa County over the next 12-24 months. The Board of Supervisors should designate the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council to formulate a Juvenile Justice Strategic Roadmap, to be completed no later than April 2022. This Roadmap should inform the County’s decisions regarding facility management, developing robust diversion and intervention programs in the community, and aligning Contra Costa’s juvenile justice system to new national standards and best practices.
The recording of the Special Session held on July 22nd at 5:30 p.m. is now available for public review. The Commission would like to thank all of our partners and the public for their contributions to this important discussion.
You can access it here:
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The Commission will hold a special session on July 22nd, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the closure of the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility and the relocation of the youth currently located there. More details can be found here.
The Contra Costa Juvenile Justice is proud to announce the launch of our new website! Please welcome us to the year 2000. We’re only 20 years late.
On July 1, 2020, retired Judge John Minney was sworn into the Commission. Please join us in welcoming him!
On July 1, 2020, Barbara Cardinal was sworn into the Commission. Please join us in welcoming her!
On July 1, 2020, Jessica Selvin was sworn into the Commission. Please join us in welcoming her!
On July 1, 2020, Donna Warnken-Brill was sworn into the Commission. Please join us in welcoming her!