California governor seeks to transform youth prisons

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to change the way California’s juvenile prisons are overseen, eventually closing facilities to cut what he calls the “ludicrous” cost.

The Democratic governor on Tuesday said he aims to better transform young lives by putting youth prisons under a health and human services umbrella. Youthful offenders currently are overseen by the same agency that runs adult prisons.

Newsom says that’s not working, with nearly three out of four young offenders arrested again within three years of their release.

He criticized the annual cost topping $300,000 per young offender. Cutting costs would mean closing some of the four remaining juvenile facilities, though Newsom says workers would be protected.

Newsom spoke after touring a new computer coding class at one of two youth prisons in Stockton.

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