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April 30, 2010 > Children 12 and under should not be detained in juvenile hall

Children 12 and under should not be detained in juvenile hall

Reflecting his on-going concern about placing young children in Juvenile Hall, Supervisor Cortese has requested that the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopt a policy that children 12 years old and younger should not be detained in Juvenile Hall when arrested. Considering the policy's importance, Cortese has asked the Board of Supervisors to consider this policy at the May 11 meeting and has also requested County Counsel to explore a legal prohibition on placing children 12 years old and under in Juvenile Hall.

"Virtually all the children, 12 years old and younger, who have been detained in Juvenile Hall have suffered some sort of physical or mental abuse or other traumatizing experience," said Dave Cortese, Chair of the Children's, Seniors and Family Committee. "I'm deeply concerned that continuing to place these children in Juvenile Hall will further traumatize them without making the community safer."

Following the recommendations of the Juvenile Justice Commission, Supervisor Cortese has also requested the development of alternative placements for children of this age and programs to help them receive the care and instruction they desperately need.

For more information, contact Steven Blomquist at (408) 299-5030.

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