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Cameo House resident and role model moves into independent living

CJCJ’s Cameo House applauds long-term resident’s success in the program as she and her son look toward a bright future.

Cameo House resident, Jeanette, and her son smile for a photo.

 This month, CJCJ's Cameo House celebrates as one of its beloved residents transitions into stable independent housing. Cameo House is a residential alternative-sentencing program for homeless women who are pregnant or have children. Jeanette, a selfless mother to her 12-year-old son, has been with the program for two years, working long hours while pursuing her education, first her GED and now a degree as a full-time college student.

Before entering Cameo house, the young mother, like many in the program, faced the possibility of harsh criminal sentencing. Now, after working tirelessly to learn from program resources, including educational courses on subjects ranging from domestic violence to relapse prevention to budgeting, and building a positive relationship with her son--Jeanette has become a role model for mothers in the program.

Over the last two years, Jeanette's relationships with Cameo House staff and residents have been built and fortified. Rebecca Jackson, Cameo House Program Manager, says of Jeanette’s time in the program, “We’re like a family. We’re able to support her in getting her to support herself. Seeing her move into stable, permanent, and safe housing--that’s the ultimate goal.” As she graduates, Jeanette will continue to receive aftercare services and will be invited to groups to ensure a successful, sustainable transition. With her Cameo family at her back, Jeanette stands renewed and ready to take on the challenges ahead.

Rebecca Jackson reflects with a promising smile, “Her success is everyone’s hope.”

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New policy fact sheet shows stable urban crime trends amid justice reform

CJCJ's Policy team continues its dedication to research-driven policy reform into the new year with its first publication of 2018.

Statewide trends in urban crime remain stable, early-2010 to early-2017

The new fact sheet, released earlier this week, compared FBI newly-updated crime statistics from the first six months of 2017 to the same time frame for the prior seven years. The fact sheet finds that California’s crime rates in large cities remained stable during California’s “justice reform era,” a period between 2010 and 2017 marked by large-scale criminal justice reform, including Public Safety Realignment in 2011 and Proposition 47 in 2014.

In particular, California’s urban areas showed little change in crime rates between early 2010 and early 2017. Property crime across the state’s cities increased by less than 1 percent and violent crime increased by less than 3 percent. It is worth noting that this stability in crime trends comes after decades of crime declines in the state, keeping current rates of crime comparatively low.

Notably, the fact sheet’s city-by-city analysis shows that one-year changes in the crime rate varied substantially among California’s 73 largest cities. Overall, 34 cities reported increased total crime during this one-year period, and 39 cities showed decreases. The striking divergence in crime trends across cities suggests that local practices, not statewide reforms, are the drivers of shifting crime.

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PDRP youth dismissed from probation hopes to help his peers

After three months of dedication, a resilient young man in CJCJ’s Placement Diversion and Reentry Program (PDRP) is off probation and pursuing full-time, sustainable employment.

Young man smiling

Tookapic | Joel G. Mwakasege Jr.

The future looks positive for an 18-year-old young man with CJCJ’s Placement Diversion and Reentry program (PDRP) who was successfully dismissed from probation this month, after years of strife. Growing up, he experienced violence, threats to his life, and the loss of his family and friends from community violence. Last year, he was committed to out-of-home placement at Log Cabin Ranch, where he struggled with anger and behavioral control.

The young man began working with one of PDRP’s dedicated case managers, Guadalupe Palomino, when he was released from Log Cabin Ranch last October. Together, they strategized to increase his frustration tolerance and improve his self-determined goal achievement. Guadalupe further supported the youth by helping him obtain materials needed for successful reentry: his social security card, California I.D., and his driving permit.

In three months working with CJCJ’s PDRP program while on probation, the young man demonstrated tremendous growth. He remained focused, patient, and resilient throughout the process. Now, after a quick dismissal from probation, the young man plans to work full time for Silver Gate Company and wants to return to Log Cabin Ranch to give a motivational speech to youth currently detained there.

“He never gave up when the situation got tough. He is becoming a mentor for his younger friends and using his past experiences to help his peers. He learned from his mistakes and continues to push himself to reach success.”

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