This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 2 Three years ago, the Board of Supervisors made the landmark decision to shut down San Francisco's juvenile hall by the end of 2021, becoming the first major city in the nation to take such a step. Yet the Youth Guidance Center remains open — and it could take another three years or more to close. The decision in 2019 came in the wake of a Chronicle report that showed a dramatic drop in serious youth crime that had left the state's juvenile halls almost vacant. Supervisors pledged to stop incarcerating kids and instead create home-like rehabilitative centers, including a secure site for youth who pose a public safety risk. While no clear timeline or new deadline has been set, officials acknowledged this week that juvenile hall may remain open for many more years, highlighting how difficult criminal justice reform can be even amid strong political support. The city is struggling to find an acceptable site for a smaller "non-institutional" building that would be secure enough to meet state regulations for youth deemed dangerous. "If I had to give a realistic estimate (for closure), it would be three years,"… Read full this story
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San Francisco’s juvenile hall was scheduled to close last year. So why are kids still locked up there? have 312 words, post on www.sfchronicle.com at May 20, 2022. This is cached page on Search. If you want remove this page, please contact us.