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The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization whose mission is to reduce society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems.

In pursuit of this mission, CJCJ provides direct services, technical assistance, and policy analysis that work in unison to promote a balanced and humane criminal justice system designed to reduce incarceration and enhance long-term public safety.

Direct Services

CJCJ has numerous model direct service programs that cater to both adult and juvenile offenders at various stages of the justice system. These programs serve Bay Area residents and operate in collaboration with San Francisco’s criminal justice stakeholders and other community-based organizations. 

Technical Assistance

CJCJ provides technical assistance to counties and states to develop methods to reduce the number of adults or youth they incarcerate. Additionally, the Sentencing Service Program (SSP) provides expert analysis and assistance on a variety of individual criminal and juvenile justice cases.

Policy Analysis

CJCJ conducts data-driven research and policy analysis promoting effective approaches to criminal and juvenile justice policies. CJCJ has published numerous reports on topics ranging from juvenile justice reform to analyses of drug policy enforcement. In 2009, CJCJ developed the California Sentencing Institute as the foundation for data- and research-driven commentary on the broader public safety dialogue.

Read a complete listing of current CJCJ services.


Dr. Jerome G. Miller

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In 1985, Dr. Jerome G. Miller, President of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) and former director of the Department of Youth Services in Massachusetts, founded CJCJ as NCIA's Western Regional office, based in San Francisco, California. NCIA’s mission is to help create a society in which all persons who come into contact with human service or correctional systems are provided with the care necessary to live their lives to the best of their abilities. 

"Who can imagine if their own kid is troubled, that you put them in a place with 2,000 other people that are troubled, and put a wall around them? practice it provides a rationale for a quick and easy disposal; get them out of sight and out of mind."    ~ Dr. Jerome G. Miller

In 1991, Dr. Miller supported the establishment of CJCJ as an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Embodying the spirit of deinstitutionalization, CJCJ expanded its community-based services to include the Supportive Living Program and Detention Diversion Advocacy Program. In 1997, CJCJ created the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), to conduct policy work from a social justice perspective in both its west and east coast offices. In 2003, JPI became its own 501(3)(c) nonprofit on the east coast as CJCJ continued research and advocacy on the west.

CJCJ continued to expand its provision of direct services to justice-involved adults and youth. In 2012, the agency merged with the San Francisco-based Northern California Service League (NCSL), a 64-year-old agency providing high-quality community-based re-entry services to formerly incarcerated adults. In 2013, CJCJ assumed operation of the former Youth Justice Institute (YJI)'s mentoring program.

CJCJ maintains a professional staff of 35-40 individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise, including practitioners, policy analysts, and researchers. We possess over 30 years of experience in the criminal and juvenile justice fields including program operations, policy development and analysis, technical assistance, nonprofit management, program evaluation, and organizational reform.

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