Local 1000 Leads the Way in Saving DJJ
In his 2011-2012 budget message, Governor Brown proposed the elimination of DJJ by 2014. SEIU Local 1000 responded quickly by developing a strategic campaign plan for DJJ's future. We facilitated conversations among organizations representing chief probation officers, county supervisors, district attorneys, youth correctional officers, mental health professionals and experts on juvenile justice reform.
Under pressure from Local 1000 and other stakeholders, the Legislature removed DJJ from CDCR Realignment, temporarily saving DJJ from elimination.
In his 2012-2013 budget proposal, Governor Brown again proposed elimination of DJJ, this time by stopping intake of wards on January 1, 2013. SEIU Local 1000 responded with more intense lobbying and meetings with Brown's administration. Members testified at legislative budget hearings and invited lawmakers to visit the DJJ facilities. We also coordinated with our coalition partners, including CCPOA, AFSCME and other groups. Again we were successful. The May Revision of the Governor's budget proposal restores DJJ.