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San Diego County looks to make changes to juvenile justice system

Posted at 1:22 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 16:42:26-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – San Diego County leaders connected with probation experts Tuesday to examine what has worked in the juvenile justice system across the country.

The virtual conference came as the San Diego County looks to define the direction it wants to take its Probation Department.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher said the county needs to figure out what works based on successful evidence-based practices.

“We want a kid that makes a mistake to have a mistake that we are able to correct and not have it lead to a life of instability and conflict,” Fletcher said.

Part of that includes finishing up the first phase of the juvenile justice campus.

“We're also doing physical changes to our building from our juvenile campus. Getting rid of wired and locked cells, in support of a more education type of environment,” Fletcher added.

Moving forward, county leaders will also look at details about the second phase of this juvenile justice system and how to fund it.

The county is also looking into hiring a new chief probation officer as well.