Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center

Find Ventura County California juvenile justice centers, departments, or juvenile delinquency prevention offices. Juvenile justice centers provide information on juvenile delinquency and victimization, juvenile detention, juvenile rehabilitation, juvenile probation, juvenile corrections, and the juvenile court system.

Ventura County Juvenile Justice 4333 East Vineyard Avenue Oxnard CA 93036 805-981-5581

About Ventura County Juvenile Justice Centers

Ventura County Juvenile Justice Centers, and Departments of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) are offices of the legal system that have been developed to handle youths who have broken the law in Ventura County, CA. The Juvenile Justice System is separate from the legal system for adult offenders. While the adult criminal justice system is driven largely by the objectives of punishment and deterrence, Juvenile Justice is premised on the notions that youths are less blameworthy than adults and more capable of change. Rehabilitation is thus a significant element of the Juvenile Justice System. Juvenile Justice Systems run by California are defined by state statutes and are comprised of a series of processes that involve numerous agencies, including Ventura County courts, law enforcement, corrections, and social services.

You may contact the Department of Juvenile Justice for questions about:
  • Ventura County Juvenile Justice Departments
  • Foster care system in Ventura County, California
  • Juvenile delinquent and offender rehabilitation
  • Ventura County Juvenile detention centers
  • Ventura County Diversion and Reentry
Ventura County Juvenile Delinquency

Ventura County law enforcement agencies are often the initial contact that a youth may have with the Juvenile Justice System. After making an arrest of a minor, or juvenile offender, or otherwise responding to a call, law enforcement may refer an offending youth to a Ventura County Juvenile Justice agency or other intake center capable of assessing whether the youth should be handled informally or referred to a juvenile court for formal processing.

Juvenile Detention Centers

While awaiting formal processing, a youth may be held in a Ventura County juvenile detention center, which is required to provide education, recreation, counseling, and other services to youth during their stay. The judicial process for youthful offenders is called Adjudication and somewhat resembles a trial. The Juvenile Justice System will then develop a Disposition Plan based on the Adjudication process, any psychological assessments and diagnostic testing that may have taken place, the youth's background, and other considerations. The Disposition Plan details the consequences of the youth's actions and may include supportive services such as probation, community supervision, placement in a Ventura County juvenile correction facility, or restitution.

Diversion and Reentry Programs

At any point in the Ventura County Juvenile Justice System, a process referred to as Diversion may occur. Diversion involves directing the youth away from the Juvenile Justice System and toward alternative resolutions and consequences. Juvenile Justice Systems include Ventura County Aftercare or Reentry component that assists the youth after they have completed the elements of the Disposition Plan or have been released from a Ventura County juvenile correction facility. The Aftercare and Reentry components may involve various Ventura County community service providers.