Know Time Adds. End Time Adds

 

 

For years, we’ve fought to end the practice of time adds at DJJ, and now California has another opportunity to do the right thing. 

So what is a time add?  In DJJ prisons, guards can delay youths’ parole consideration hearings without judicial review.  These delays, called “time adds,” are so overused that on average they add an entire year to youths’ sentences. Research demonstrates that time adds do not lead to desired behavior, and do not contribute to safety inside prisons. 

It’s no wonder that California youth serve the longest average sentences in the country-- at over three years (compared to the national average of one year).

Check out this video of the impact that time adds have on youth and families:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePIeroSuWt0

This year, when the Governor failed to close the DJJ once again, Books Not Bars swiftly urged the Legislature to at the very least end time adds.  The Assembly was quick to listen, adopting our language on May 24th.  Yesterday, the Senate Budget Committee joined them.

Once the full legislature passes the budget and the Governor signs it, time will be up for time adds. And California will be one tiny step closer to a juvenile justice system based on on rehabilitation and opportunity instead of punishment and control.