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Juvenile Justice Commission

"Working to Make Things Better"

The Juvenile Justice Commission of San Diego County is a state-mandated, court-appointed citizens’ commission. Its purpose is to inquire into the administration of juvenile court law in San Diego County, to provide leadership for citizen action and to promote an effective juvenile justice system operated in an environment of credibility, dignity, fairness and respect for the youth of San Diego County.

Quarterly Public Meetings

  • April 18, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
  • July 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
  • October 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Meetings will be held at the following address:

2901 Meadow Lark Drive
2nd Floor – Santa Barbara Room
San Diego, CA 92123

JJC – Policy on Public Comment


The involvement of responsible citizens in the California Juvenile Justice System dates back to 1903. At that time, a newly adopted state statute required that in each county the Judge of the Juvenile Court appoint seven citizens of good moral character to be known as the Probation Committee.

These Probation Committees were provided with the legal framework to examine private institutions accepting wards of the court, investigate and report on juvenile cases before the court, provide friendly supervision and visitation, and nominate the county probation officer as well as approve of the probation officer's deputies.

The work of these committees continued until the Arnold-Knnick revision of the Juvenile Court Law. In accordance with this revision, members of the Probation Committee became Juvenile Justice Commissioners.

The San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission was created in 1965 through a mandate issued by the State of California. Welfare and Institutions Code Section 229 states that "It shall be the duty of the Juvenile Justice Commission to inquire into the administration of Juvenile Court Law in the county or region in which the Commission serves."

The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) fulfills a judicial role that mandates the Commission to inquire into all activities surrounding the administration of juvenile justice regarding both delinquent and dependent children from the time they are taken into temporary custody by law enforcement until they leave the juvenile justice system.

San Diego County's Juvenile Justice Commission is actively committed to fulfilling its responsibilities.

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Inspection Sites

  • Camp Barrett
  • East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Girls' Rehabilitation Facility
  • Juvenile Ranch Facility
  • Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Polinsky Children's Center
  • Juvenile Lockup Facilities (Police/Sheriff)
  • 24-hour schools
  • Foster Group Homes
  • Residential Group Home (Private Provider)

Mission and Goals

It is the purpose of the Commission to act as public conscience for services provided to children, youth and families who are in the juvenile justice and dependency systems, and, when deemed necessary, make recommendations intended to facilitate the process of service delivery.

Legal Authorization

The legal authorization for the establishment and operation of the Juvenile Justice Commission of San Diego County, California, is set forth in the California Welfare and Institutions Code, Sections 225 through 231. These policies are intended to supplement the governing provisions of State Law and aid the Commission in effectively fulfilling its statutory duties and responsibilities.

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Functions and Responsibilities

The Commission is charged by State Law to inquire into the administration of the Juvenile Court Law in San Diego County. The Commission has access to publicly administered institutions, may hold hearings, and request the Judge of the Juvenile Court to issue subpoenas requiring attendance and testimony of witnesses and the procurement of any pertinent documents. The Commission may recommend changes felt beneficial to any person charged with the administration of any provision of Juvenile Court Law. The Commission has the following functions and responsibilities:



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