VOICE Staff | Contributor
Riverside, CA – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Governor Newsom has ordered all juvenile discharge and reentry hearings to be held via videoconference to minimize exposure to COVID-19 for the youth and others involved in the process.
Additionally, notification given to county probation departments, the court in the county of commitment, and the youth’s legal counsel will be shortened from 60 days to 30 days before holding a discharge consideration hearing. Discharge hearings are conducted by the Board of Juvenile Hearings.
The interim process will also modify reentry consideration hearings. Such hearings are usually held in the court of commitment after approval of discharge consideration hearings will now take place at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility where the youth are housed, instead of transferring them to a county jail to await these hearings.
Victims and victim representatives will be able to participate in the videoconference hearings.
This interim change in the Juvenile Justice process is in addition to an order issued by the governor on March 24, which temporarily halted the intake of youth offenders to the Department of Juvenile Justice in response to concerns related to COVID-19.