Teji, Selena

Selena Teji is the Communications Specialist for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco, CA. She has a Juris Doctorate specializing in international law from UC Hastings, and has expertise in data-driven juvenile and criminal justice policy analysis in California.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

By Selena Teji

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

There are many collateral consequences to criminal convictions in California, such as barriers to employment, housing, and social services. An additional concern that criminal defense attorneys should consider when advising their clients is the possible immigration consequences of their conviction. Under current immigration laws, even legal permanent residents can face deportation and bars on reentry following a conviction for a low-level drug offense.

Trimming the Juvenile Justice Fat

By Selena Teji
Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice

California Gov. Jerry Brown was recently quoted telling the state Legislature to “man up” on his proposed budget cuts and yet, when it comes to juvenile justice, it seems the governor consistently bends under pressure.

Unfortunately, the effects of his juvenile justice compromise will soon be felt by all California residents, according to a new CJCJ publication. With scarce and finite resources, the governor’s decision to grant a reprieve for state youth correctional facilities, in his May revised budget, creates an additional strain on already scantily-funded state services.

Wasting Juvenile Justice Tax Dollars

By Selena Teji
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

California has demonstrated it no longer has the capacity to serve the state’s high-risk juvenile offenders by a 75% recidivism rate and continued scrutiny under the Farrell lawsuit, now in its ninth year.  The state-run Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) is still unable to provide adequate education and programming to its youth population despite reform efforts and a per capita cost of approximately $190,000 this past year alone.  Not to mention that the facilities themselves are in dire need of reconstruction. 

California’s Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State’s Counties

By Selena Teji and Emily Luhrs
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

In his first move of 2012, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for FY 2012-2013 appears to be part compromise, part wake-up call to the state’s counties, indicating he is serious about closing the state’s youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) once and for all.

Ideally, this proposal should provide some relief for counties because now there is the opportunity for funding of local juvenile justice programs. The proposed budget will postpone the “budget triggers” and allocate an initial $10 million to counties to plan for juvenile justice realignment, followed by approximately $100 million each year. The catch? No new commitments will be made to DJF as of Jan. 1, 2013 and counties will have no choice but to handle their high- needs and high- risk population locally.