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Vanishing Violence: Tracking California's remarkable collapse in youth crimeVanishing Violence: Tracking California's remarkable collapse in youth crime

CJCJ in the News—The San Francisco Chronicle speaks with CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males about youth crime trends, which have fallen off drastically since the 1990s, leaving juvenile halls emptied and experts… Continue

California at a Crossroads: Ending Youth Trauma by Closing Violent DJJ InstitutionsCalifornia at a Crossroads: Ending Youth Trauma by Closing Violent DJJ Institutions

Blog—As California considers the fate of its juvenile justice system, the Governor, Legislature, and youth advocacy community must push beyond a basic restructuring of the state institutions and resolve… Continue

Grant Opportunities for Youth Diversion, Adult Reentry, and More!Grant Opportunities for Youth Diversion, Adult Reentry, and More!

Blog—This month, three exciting grant opportunities for community-based programs are accepting applications. CJCJ and partners are working together to ensure these funds are used effectively for the… Continue

San Francisco Strengthens Legal Protections for YouthSan Francisco Strengthens Legal Protections for Youth

Blog—The "Jeff Adachi Youth Rights" ordinance is now the strongest law in the country for youth in police custody, setting a precedent for counties across California and the U.S. and emphasizing the… Continue

Violence at DJJ, Guide to Reentry, and more!Violence at DJJ, Guide to Reentry, and more!

Newsletter—February news: CJCJ report uncovers dangerous conditions at CA's Division of Juvenile Justice, new practical guide supports justice-involved youth during reentry, and CJCJ honors Jeff Adachi, San… Continue

New Report: A Guide to Supporting Justice-Involved Youth during ReentryNew Report: A Guide to Supporting Justice-Involved Youth during Reentry

Publications—A new practical guide for juvenile justice and social service providers emphasizes collaborative, holistic support and meaningful engagement with youth and their families during the reentry process.

CJCJ Mourns Passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Champion for JusticeCJCJ Mourns Passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Champion for Justice

Blog—The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice mourns the passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Public Defender.

KPCC: Phasing out pepper spray, low probability high consequence disasters, the ninth circuitKPCC: Phasing out pepper spray, low probability high consequence disasters, the ninth circuit

CJCJ in the News—CJCJ's Renee Menart discusses dangerous conditions at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on 89.3 KPCC's Take Two with A Rodriguez.

California’s Juvenile Justice System Had 16 Years To Fix Its Abuse Problems. It Didn’t.California’s Juvenile Justice System Had 16 Years To Fix Its Abuse Problems. It Didn’t.

CJCJ in the News—The Huffington Post covers CJCJ's new report on conditions at California's Division of Juvenile Justice, a youth's experience, and the authors' key takeaways.

KQED: State Juvenile Justice Facilities Are Failing Kids, Report FindsKQED: State Juvenile Justice Facilities Are Failing Kids, Report Finds

CJCJ in the News—KQED's Marisa Lagos sits down with CJCJ's Maureen Washburn and Renee Menart to discuss California's troubled Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities.

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After the Doors Were Locked

Purchase CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair's new book, a history of youth corrections in California, detailing the cycle of abuse and reform from the 1890s to the present. 


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Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.


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Do you have juvenile record? This online tool provides eligibility information and step-by-step record sealing guides for all 58 counties. 


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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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