On July 26, members from multiple bargaining units met with the
state to review and discuss the proposed 2012 CDCR-DJJ Business
Rules. These rules can lead to reductions of DJJ employees in the
various worksites and are a reoccurring meet and confer. The
union asked many questions about why certain changes were made to
the business rules from the 2009 version and what impacts they
might have. CDCR was not ready to answer these questions, so a
follow up meeting has been scheduled for later in August.
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.
SEIU Local 1000 kept the pressure on legislators and the Brown
administration with a consistent message: DJJ should remain
as a treatment and placement option for California’s most
troubled youth offenders. Local 1000 represents the teachers,
librarians, teaching assistants, nurses, medical support staff,
cooks and administrative workers who have the specialized skills
required to work with this population.
Local 1000 will continue to monitor the budgetary issues that
could impact DJJ’s future. DJJ will remain a target of
groups interested in a different type of juvenile justice reform.
The current proposal includes increased payments by
counties for every juvenile commitment housed at DJJ, and it also
proposes to lower the age of DJJ jurisdiction from 25 to 23.
All DJJ employees should be aware that the Integrated Behavioral
Treatment Model (IBTM), now being piloted at OH Close, is, per
the Farrell Special Master, a program with the potential to be
THE model for juvenile justice in this country. It might be
in the best interest of DJJ if all DJJ employees embrace the IBTM
If state revenues do not increase, California lawmakers will
surely be faced with no other option than to cut deeper into
DJJ employees should support the tax initiative on the November