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New Report on Crime Decline Repeats Old MythsNew Report on Crime Decline Repeats Old Myths

Blog, Political Landscape—A new report concludes that a drop in the youth population may have contributed to a drop in crime — but the data show the opposite to be true.

CJCJ in the news: It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime

Juvenile Justice—Pacific Standard Magazine highlights research by CJCJ's Mike Males on the role of poverty in causing youth crime.

When is Enough Punishment Enough?When is Enough Punishment Enough?

Blog—CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden discusses the case of Michael DiVicino, a California prisoner currently serving his time at the Nevada State Prison in Indian Springs.

BSCC Town Hall in OaklandBSCC Town Hall in Oakland

Blog, Political Landscape—Over 300 community members recently gathered in Oakland’s Imani Community Church to hear about a transformative moment in California’s criminal justice system: Proposition 47.

February news from CJCJ

Drug Policy, Political Landscape—CJCJ cautions against leaving youth out of marijuana policy reform; Implementing Prop 47: Helping our clients change their records; Engaging the public with the Board of State and Community… Continue

Why Teen Drug Use Surveys Are MeaninglessWhy Teen Drug Use Surveys Are Meaningless

Blog, Drug Policy—After California decriminalized marijuana, teenage behaviors improved dramatically. Pay no attention to dubious drug-use surveys, which bear no relationship to any measure of youthful well-being.

Increasing Public Engagement with California's BSCCIncreasing Public Engagement with California's BSCC

Blog, Political Landscape—The February 12 BSCC Board meeting in Ventura saw promising developments, but the agency must be transparent and inclusive of those communities most impacted by their decisions.

From Selma to FergusonFrom Selma to Ferguson

Blog—Although dealing with events of more almost 50 years ago, the film Selma is current. As the old saying goes, “the past is prologue.”

California’s opportunity to move beyond prison-like facilities for youthCalifornia’s opportunity to move beyond prison-like facilities for youth

Blog, Correctional Institutions—The punitive prison-like facilities that dominate juvenile corrections are clearly not working. California should use new funding stream to create nurturing, rehabilitative environments.

Brown’s budget misses opportunity to shrink prison systemBrown’s budget misses opportunity to shrink prison system

Blog, Political Landscape—Despite the lowest crime rate in decades, and recent and potential reductions in the prison population, Brown continues to up prison spending and expand capacity.

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Established in 1985 as the Western Regional Office of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA), the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization promoting a balanced and humane criminal justice system through the provision of direct services, technical assistance, and policy analysis.

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