On August 29th, Governor Newsom's juvenile hall workgroup held their meeting at the Nevada County Youth Center, formally Nevada County's Juvenile Hall. The workgroup consisted of statewide stakeholders assigned by the Governor's office. This workgroup is tasked with evaluating the decrease in Juvenile Hall populations and the options that may exist.
During a tour of the Youth Center, Chief Probation Officer Mike Ertola presented the County's vision to provide youth prevention programs and keep a small portion of the facility for detention. Some prevention programs include, but are not limited to, a partnership with the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and the 4-H Youth Development Program, plus moving the Sheriff's dispatch to the facility. The workgroup stated they were very impressed with the out-of-the-box vision and made numerous statements how encouraged they were.