Let’s transform juvenile hall into a mental health justice center

The San Francisco Chronicle’s investigation into declining juvenile hall populations exposed what many in the field have known for a while: Juvenile crime is falling in California, but the costs of incarcerating an ever-smaller number of kids is skyrocketing. At the same time, we’ve seen a rise in mental illness among those living on our streets and in our county jails. To meet the growing need for treatment, and the declining need for juvenile incarceration, we should transform San Francisco’s juvenile hall into a mental health justice center.

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