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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.

Legal marijuana did not lead to increase in deadly “driving while stoned”

Blog, Political Landscape—Colorado and Washington saw a drop in fatal car accidents involving marijuana, but still fail to produce sufficient data to track reforms.

California Must Prioritize Pretrial Services Before Expansion of Adult FacilitiesCalifornia Must Prioritize Pretrial Services Before Expansion of Adult Facilities

Blog, Political Landscape—After California’s legislature approved $500 million dollars in construction funding to local adult criminal justice facilities, the state is now in a position to determine what type of… Continue

Killing by California Law Enforcement: It Is What You Think (Part II)

Blog, Social Justice—Those most at risk of being killed by officers (rates 2.5 to 20 times the state average): Native Americans ages 20-44; African Americans ages 15-49 and 65-69; Latinos ages 20-34.

Killing by Law Enforcement in California: It’s Not What You Think (Part I)

Blog, Political Landscape—The deadliest cities: (1) Eureka, (2) Desert Hot Springs, (3) Vista, (4) Perris, (5) San Bernardino, (6) Moreno Valley, (7) Hemet, (8) Compton, (9) Inglewood, (10) Indio

CJCJ in the News: The War on Drugs Is Burning Out

Publications, Political Landscape—Rolling Stone discusses a recent CJCJ report on marijuana reform.

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