February 1, 2018


California Juvenile Justice Practitioners' Toolkit

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit, anti-crime organization. The organization has a membership of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, other law enforcement leaders, and violence survivors, including close to 400 members in California. The members take a hard-nosed look at what approaches work—and what don’t—to prevent crime and violence. They then recommend effective strategies to state and national policymakers. It operates under the umbrella of the Council for a Strong America.

The California office of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is supported by tax-deductible contributions from foundations, individuals, and corporations. Major funding for the California office of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is provided by: Afterschool Alliance; Louis Borick Foundation; The California Endowment; First 5 LA; Foundation for California Community Colleges; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Sierra Health Foundation; W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation; and The Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Bay Area Legal Aid is a nonprofit law firm committed to providing equal access to the civil justice system and high quality legal assistance throughout the Bay Area, regardless of a client’s location, language or disability. BayLegal and its predecessor organizations have 50 years of experience providing free expert civil legal assistance to low-income Bay Area individuals and families. Through the support of an array of government contracts, individual contributions, and foundation and corporate grants, BayLegal focuses its resources on five areas of law that most directly affect low-income household’s safety, stability and self-sufficiency: consumer law, domestic violence prevention, economic justice, healthcare access, and housing and homelessness prevention.    

This toolkit was generously supported by The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Sierra Health Foundation.

Juvenile Justice Practitioners’ Toolkit authored by Michael Klein, Sr. Research Associate at Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Sabrina Forte, Staff Attorney – Youth Justice Project at Bay Area Legal Aid, and technical consultant Brian Blalock – Law + Policy Director at Tipping Point Community, with support from Brian Lee from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Additional support came from Lauren Brady, Alex Briscoe, Alice Bussiere, and Melinda Clemmons-Blackorby.

Thank you to all contacts around the State who contributed to this Toolkit, including:

  • Judge Patrick Tondreau – Santa Clara County Superior Court – Juvenile Court;
  • Judge Katherine Lucero – Santa Clara County Superior Court – Juvenile Court;
  • Rosie McCool, Laura Dixon, and Kevin O’Connell – Chief Probation Officers of California;
  • Bill Damiano, Chief Probation Officer, Humboldt County;
  • Mark Hake, Chief Probation Officer, Riverside County;
  • David Koch, Chief Probation Officer, Sonoma County;
  • Allen Nance, Chief Probation Officer, San Francisco County;
  • Jim Salio, Chief Probation Officer, San Luis Obispo County;
  • Mark Varela, Chief Probation Officer, Ventura County;
  • Lisa Sawin, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, San Diego County;
  • Mark Elliott, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, San Joaquin County;
  • Donna Robinson, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, and Lisa Wamble, - Juvenile Division Manager, Solano County;
  • Josefa James – Alameda County District Attorney’s Office;
  • Lisa Campbell-Motton – Los Angeles County Probation Child Welfare – Probation Permanency;
  • Shelby Howard and Nicole Nelson – Seneca Family of Agencies/Marin Youth (M.Y.) Home;
  • Carlos Monagas and Gerry Lopez – Riverside County District Attorney’s Office/Riverside Youth Accountability Teams;
  • Rebecca Marcus – San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office/Juvenile Collaborative Re-entry Unit;
  • Rita Perez – San Francisco Department of Public Health;
  • Angie Schwartz and Elise Weinberg – Alliance for Children’s Rights;
  • Patrick Gardner – Young Minds Advocates;

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