Restorative youth justice through accountability and healing

OYCR’s Role

OYCR is guiding the transition from state-run youth incarceration to county care by identifying and sharing best practices to help inform rehabilitative and restorative youth support and offering technical assistance to advise those in the space on how to achieve outcomes and system improvements for youth across the justice system.


OYCR was established in July 2021 through SB 823 (Chapter 337, Statutes of 2020).



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The Ombudsperson is an independent problem-solver responsible for investigating complaints and attempting to resolve them for the people involved. The Ombudsperson Division investigates complaints about youth in California juvenile facilities who believe their rights are being violated or are experiencing harmful conditions.

Youth in a juvenile justice facility have the right to ask a question or file a complaint with the OYCR Ombudsperson. Anyone can contact the Ombudsperson if they believe that a youth’s rights have been violated or ignored or are concerned about the condition of the facility the youth is in. The youth cannot be punished or threatened for making a complaint. If you are not sure how we can help, please call.

OYCR’s Approach & Research


Shifting from Punishment to Accountability and Healing

Research shows that youth involved in the justice system who remain within their communities are more prepared for their transition back into their community and to achieve their educational and career goals. OYCR collects and shares juvenile justice data and best practices to inform healing and restorative youth practices and support the development of strong county programs.