Division of Juvenile Justice
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What types of youths are sent to the DJJ?

Answer: The DJJ houses youths between the ages of 12-25. Youths that have been committed to CDCR may be transferred to an adult facility on or before their 18th birthday. The District Attorney's Office or the Probation Department in the county from which the youth was committed can provide you with information regarding why the youth was sent to the DJJ.

There are three ways a youth may be sent to DJJ: 

  • If they are committed by a juvenile court;
  • If they are tried as an adult and committed by a criminal court; or
  • If they are tried as an adult and committed to Adult Programs and Adult Operations, but ordered to be housed in a DJJ facility. These are called "M-cases."

Question: Where will the youth be sent?

Answer: The DJJ has three facilities and one forestry camp that house approximately 700 youths.
Each youth is assigned to a program based on his or her age, maturity level, educational needs, program availability, and the seriousness of their committing offense. The three facilities are located in Stockton (San Joaquin County) and Camarillo (Ventura County).

There are many special programs in the DJJ that a youth may be assigned to, including Successfully Dressed classes, sexual behavior treatment, substance abuse treatment, anger management, victims awareness activities and other specialized programs for the seriously emotionally disturbed. While the DJJ cannot place every youth in a specialized program, every effort is made to address their individual needs and behaviors.

All youths are required to attend school full-time. Those that complete their high school education may participate in a college program, vocational training, or a combination of both. Many are assigned paid jobs within the facility, such as landscaping, food preparation or janitorial work. If they receive wages, a portion of those funds are collected to pay their court-ordered restitution.

Youths are also required to participate in the Impact of Crime on Victims Program which addresses the impact their crimes have had on their victims, their families, and the community.

Each youth is assigned a Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) who will counsel them both individually and in a small group. The counselor will monitor their facility program and report that progress to the Juvenile Parole Board (JPB).

Question: Does DJJ provide "boot camp" types of programs for troublesome youths?

Answer: While the DJJ houses some of the most challenging juveniles in the state, our facilities do not offer such programs for "truant or troublesome" juveniles. If you are having trouble with your child or if you need assistance in dealing with a difficult juvenile, you should contact your local county social welfare office, probation department or local school district.

Question: How do I obtain records relating to a current or former DJJ youth?

Answer: A written request must be submitted to the Division that includes the youth's full name, date of birth and YA number. Please send the request to:

Division of Juvenile Justice
P.O. Box 588501
Elk Grove, CA 95758-8501
Voice: (916) 683-7460
FAX (916) 683-7770

The request for information can only be released to the youth, his/her guardian or attorney, and in some cases law enforcement. The files on juvenile court commitments are confidential in most cases.

Question: Who can visit youths at a DJJ facility? When can youths be visited? Are there any requirements for visitors?

Answer: Anyone listed on a youth's visitors list who does not pose a threat to the safety and/or security of the visiting program can visit a youth in the DJJ. The times and days of visiting vary at each facility. The best way to determine visiting hours is by calling the facility. In addition, each facility has guidelines that further explain the required apparel, allowable visitor items, numbers of visitors, etc. The DJJ visiting information toll-free telephone number is (866) 801-4977. This toll-free number provides visiting information for all DJJ facilities in both English and Spanish.

Please visit our Locations page for the phone number and address of each DJJ facility.

Question: Does the DJJ provide tours of its facilities to the general public?

Answer: In some cases, the Division does provide tours of its facilities. Please contact the specific facility for more information.

Please visit our Locations page for the phone number and address of each DJJ facility.

Question: What does the Juvenile Parole Board (JPB) do?

Answer: The Juvenile Parole Board determines when a youth has been sufficiently rehabilitated to return to the community.  It recommends conditions of supervision to the Superior Court in the community where the youth will be returned.  Based on those recommendations, county courts and probation departments  establishing and enforce those conditions.

During the month the youth is scheduled to appear before the JPB for their Parole Consideration Hearing, the regular DJJ youth can be recommended for release to parole if they have successfully completed all of their program goals. At their Parole Consideration Hearing, the youth meets with the JPB to discuss their progress.

The length of the parole period and discharge from parole is decided by the Superior Court.

Question: How do I volunteer to work at a DJJ facility?

Answer: Each facility has a person designated to coordinate volunteer workers. The best way to reach them would be to contact the specific facility. Our Locations page has the phone number and address for each DJJ facility.

Division of Juvenile Justice
P.O. Box 588501
Elk Grove, CA 95758-8501
Voice: (916) 683-7460
FAX (916) 683-7770

Intake/Court Services
(eligibility for DJJ placement; available rehabilitation programs)
Voice: (916) 683-7483

Juvenile Offender Master Files
(records information)
Voice: (916) 683-7489
FAX (916) 683-7767

Voice: (916) 683-7754
FAX: (916) 683-7769