Girls in Justice

Close Juvenile Hall Ordinance

Patricia Lee –

Close Juvenile Hall Ordinance –

Introducing the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law


Patricia Lee, Managing Attorney for the Juvenile Division of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and Symposium co-organizer, details the process and rationale for the impending closure of San Francisco’s juvenile hall. The decision, which will occur by December 31, 2021, has garnered the attention of justice departments across the nation. Patricia Lee explores the features and factors that led to this landmark decision and why more non-carceral approaches need to be considered to better help youth in conflict with the law.

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San Francisco Juvenile Hall Closure (PDF, 1.73 MB)

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