Posted by The San Francisco Standard
Two years after San Francisco’s juvenile hall was slated to close, questions remain over how that closure might come to fruition. The city may instead build a new detention center on the same site, a reflection of California’s decision to close state detention facilities as much as philosophical questions over how to handle young offenders.
“There has been a critical lack of community input in this process,” said Lucero Herrera, lead organizer with the Young Women’s Freedom Center. “From the beginning of our campaign to shutter juvenile hall, we have been clear that it is impossible to do so meaningfully and transformatively, without the voices of young people who have been directly impacted.”