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Youth Authority To Change Policies

The California Youth Authority agreed today to shift its prison-like institutions to a more community-oriented approach to settle a lawsuit.

Governor Schwarzenegger already had agreed to alter the authority´s focus. But today´s agreement sets specific timetables for how the authority will comply. By December, the authority will lay out a plan to provide rehabilitation; to place youths in the facility closest to their home when practical; to include families when possible; to minimize when youths are locked in their cells for 23 hours a day; and to emphasize positive reinforcement rather than punishment.

The authority´s director and advocates call it an historic agreement, though it contains few specifics other than deadline dates.

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On the Net:

California Youth Authority: www.cya.ca.gov

Prison Law Office: www.prisonlaw.com