Juvenile Justice Commission

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

  • January 18, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.
  • April 19, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.
  • July 19, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.
  • October 18, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

Meetings will be held virtually until further notice. Contact [email protected] for more information.

JJC – Policy on Public Comment


The involvement of responsible citizens in California's juvenile justice system dates back to 1903. At that time, a newly adopted 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 given the power to inspect 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-Kennick revision of the Juvenile Court Law in 1961. With this revision, the Probation Committee became the Juvenile Justice Commission. Welfare and Institutions Code Section 229 states, "It shall be the duty of a juvenile justice commission to inquire into the administration of the juvenile court law in the county or region in which the commission serves."

The San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) has access to, and must inspect, all publicly administered institutions in the county authorized by the Juvenile Court Law. It also monitors all activities involved in the care and supervision of both dependent children and wards of the court from the time they are taken into temporary custody until they leave the child welfare or juvenile justice system.

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

Inspection Sites

  • Urban Camp
  • East Mesa Juvenile Detention 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

The purpose of the Commission is to act as public conscience for those who provide services to children, youth and families in the juvenile justice and dependency systems, and, when deemed necessary, to make recommendations for improving the delivery of services.

Legal Authorization

The legal authorization for the establishment and operation of the Juvenile Justice Commission is set forth in the California Welfare and Institutions Code, Sections 225 through 231.