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California’s Crime Rate Falls to a Record Low in 2020, High Reliance on Incarceration not Linked to Lower CrimeCalifornia’s Crime Rate Falls to a Record Low in 2020, High Reliance on Incarceration not Linked to Lower Crime

Publications—A new report finds that California’s crime rate declined amid several major criminal justice reforms.

Crime trends and violence worse in California’s Republican-voting counties than Democratic-voting countiesCrime trends and violence worse in California’s Republican-voting counties than Democratic-voting counties

Publications—California's Republican-voting counties exceed Democratic counties in homicide and other violent death, reported crime, criminal arrest, drug and alcohol death, gun death, and incarceration rates.

Youth Recidivism Halved by San Francisco ProgramYouth Recidivism Halved by San Francisco Program

CJCJ in the News—The Crime Report highlights CJCJ's Detention Diversion Advocacy Program (DDAP), citing its success found in a recent independent evaluation.

CJCJ’s Detention Diversion Advocacy Program (DDAP) significantly reduces youth recidivismCJCJ’s Detention Diversion Advocacy Program (DDAP) significantly reduces youth recidivism

Publications, Model Local Practices—A brand-new evaluation of CJCJ’s DDAP finds that participation in this model diversion program cuts a youth’s risk of further juvenile justice system involvement.

We Need Your Voice to Protect People in California’s Jails!We Need Your Voice to Protect People in California’s Jails!

Blog, Correctional Institutions—CJCJ and our partners want to hear your experiences, concerns, and solutions to strengthen California’s regulations for county jails.

Celebrating Cameo House Families, New Research, and More!Celebrating Cameo House Families, New Research, and More!

Newsletter—CJCJ News: CJCJ’s Cameo House gathers to celebrate families, California’s youth deserve justice reinvestment, and new Justice Policy Journal issue offers insights.

CJCJ Executive Director Dan Macallair on Closing California's Youth PrisonsCJCJ Executive Director Dan Macallair on Closing California's Youth Prisons

CJCJ in the News—CJCJ's Executive Director Dan Macallair speaks with The California Report as California's Division of Juvenile Justice passes into history.

California’s State Youth Correctional System Will Pass into HistoryCalifornia’s State Youth Correctional System Will Pass into History

Blog—Beginning today, California will wind down its infamous Division of Juvenile Justice by limiting new youth commitments.

New Report: California Urban Crime Declined in 2020 Amid Social and Economic UpheavalNew Report: California Urban Crime Declined in 2020 Amid Social and Economic Upheaval

Publications—In 2020, a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, the crime rate in California’s 72 largest cities declined by an average of 7 percent, falling to a historic low level.

The New York Times fabricates a nonexistent shoplifting wave in San Francisco, then wrongly blames it on criminal justice reforms and the city’s supposed soft-on-crime imageThe New York Times fabricates a nonexistent shoplifting wave in San Francisco, then wrongly blames it on criminal justice reforms and the city’s supposed soft-on-crime image

Blog—If San Francisco’s shoplifting rate has plummeted to its lowest level in at least 45 years, why did the New York Times see fit to print an article sensationalizing a supposed… Continue

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What is happening inside California's Division of Juvenile Justice?

Division of Juvenile Justice Data 

CJCJ is committed to protecting youth at DJJ by monitoring facility conditions and raising public awareness. Find out more about DJJ’s population, use of isolation, and the spread of COVID-19 inside facilities.


Next Generation Fellowship

NGF is a leadership development and policy advocacy training for formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals.


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California Sentencing Institute (CASI)

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



Seal It 

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


After the Doors Were Locked by Daniel Macallair

After the Doors Were Locked

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair's book, a history of youth corrections in California, details the cycle of abuse and reform since the 1890s. 

About CJCJ

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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