Youth Diversion and Development

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YDD’s Quarterly Data Dashboard: June 2021

In November 2017, the division of Youth Diversion and Development (YDD) was established within the Office of Diversion and Reentry. This division is focused on advancing youth development infrastructure in Los Angeles County and implementing an evidence-informed model of pre-booking youth diversion that empowers community-based organizations as the providers of individualized care coordination in lieu of arrest with the goal of equitably reducing young people’s involvement with the justice system.

In 2020, YDD and the Chief Executive Office launched the County’s Youth Justice Work Group, a collaborative planning process facilitated by a Consultant Team led by the W. Haywood Burns Institute that has been tasked with exploring the feasibility of transitioning Los Angeles County’s youth justice system out of the Probation Department and designing a transformed model that would achieve meaningfully different outcomes than the current system. For more information about the Youth Justice Work Group’s efforts and recommendations, visit

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Policy Brief: Youth Diversion in Los Angeles County

This document synthesizes the information presented in the full-length “Roadmap for Advancing Youth Diversion in Los Angeles County.” Informed by the data and evidence summarized in this document, the YDD model will build infrastructure needed to ensure that all youth in Los Angeles County can connect with a continuum of services that address their needs, reducing youth arrests and equitably improving outcomes for youth and communities.

Report: A Roadmap for Advancing Youth Diversion

In January 2017, the Board of Supervisors established an ad-hoc Youth Diversion Subcommittee of the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee tasked with developing a plan to coordinate and scale effective youth diversion in Los Angeles County. This collaborative subcommittee met 16 times between March and September 2017 to review data and evidence; listen to perspectives of youth, law enforcement, and community organizations; and develop recommendations for core components and a plan for scaling effective youth diversion practices across the County. This document summarizes the Subcommittee’s work and led to the launch of YDD.

Presentation from 2018 Youth Development Summit

In 2018, YDD held our first annual Youth Development Summit at the Carson Community Center. Approximately 350 attendees participated in this day of learning and networking to build shared understanding about the YDD model and goals as well as opportunities to build capacity and prepare for implementation. Attendees included leadership from law enforcement agencies, community-based providers, county agencies, community advocates, researchers, and artists interested in this work.

Video from the 2019 Youth Development Summit (video: /

In 2019, YDD held our second annual Youth Development Summit. Over 300 attendees participated in this two-day event of panels, workshops, and opportunities for dialogue. Youth leaders helped design and facilitate the event and attendees included county agencies, community-based providers, law enforcement agencies, advocates, researchers, and artists.

Health Equity Case Study

In late 2018, Human Impact Partners worked with YDD to develop a Health Equity Case Study that chronicled the planning and early launch of the division of Youth Diversion and Development.

Equity Evaluation Framework for Youth Diversion

In 2019, Human Impact Partners worked closely with YDD and a group of incredible providers and advocates in Los Angeles County to develop “Advancing Racial Equity in Youth Diversion: An Evaluation Framework Informed by Los Angeles County.” We are so proud of this work and plan to use it to continue to hold us accountable to equity at every stage.

YDD’s Commitments for the Ethical Use of Youth Diversion Data

Over the first year of YDD’s implementation, our consultant from New America’s Public Interest Technology team worked to synthesize the values and decisions developed by our Steering Committee’s Data Workgroup. This document reflects YDD’s ongoing commitments to using data intelligently, responsibly, and collaboratively.