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Why more states are considering marijuana legalization

The Christian Science Monitor cites CJCJ's report "Reforming Marijuana Laws: Which Approach Best Reduces the Harms of Criminalization? A Five-State Analysis" when discussing Oregon's legalization of recreational marijuana use. 

June news from CJCJ

Advocates voice concerns with $500 million for facility construction; San Francisco County holds hearing on bias in the justice system; CJCJ adult client gives back.

Like Our Veterans, Justice-Involved Youth are Survivors of Traumatic Violence

Veterans and youth in the justice system have something in common—trauma. California’s juvenile courts should address this trauma through treatment, not incarceration.

For males of color, status is mixed

The Californian covers CJCJ's Brian Goldstein's testimony on the status of boys and men of color in Monterey County. 

A Modest Theory of Why Conservatives Suddenly Champion Criminal Justice Reform

A sudden conversion to religious forgiveness and fiscal prudence on prison budgets? There’s a more plausible reason, one no one is talking about.

Community-Based Leadership of Color is Necessary for Effective Reform

In California, people of color are more strongly represented at every stage of the criminal justice system except in decision-making roles. 

Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding

The Associated Press quotes CJCJ's Director of Policy and Development, Brian Goldstein, on the finalized application, approved by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), through which California counties may request portions of $500 million to fund jail construction. 

Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding

The Associated Press reports on CJCJ's criticisms of the  rubric by which the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) plans to distribute $500 million in jail construction funding to California counties. 

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 12, Number 1 - Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of Justice Policy Journal includes articles on the barriers incarcerated mothers face to regain custody of children, peer support's effect on recidivism, how police make decisions during traffic stops, and evaluating veterans in the criminal justice system.

How Will California Spend $500 Million for Criminal Justice Facilities?

On June 10th, California's Board of State and Community Corrections will meet to finalize the request for proposals (RFP) for $500 million in adult facility construction funding. These funding decisions will unquestionably have a long-term impact for all Californians.

May news from CJCJ

The plummeting arrest rates of California's children; Patti Lee honored as a trailblazer of juvenile justice reform; and California leaders work to implement Prop 47.

CJCJ in the news: Black women in San Francisco arrested way more often than white women, report shows

Fusion shares CJCJ's recent factsheet on the disproportionately high arrests rates of black women in San Francisco compared to their white counterparts. 

Two Nations, One Black, One White, Separate and Unequal

So it was said, almost 50 years ago, by the Kerner Commission, in their report on the riots of the 1960s. Their exact words were: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”  And so it remains today.

The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children

A dramatic development with profound implications for Califorina's criminal justice system has occured over the last three decades: an enormous decline in arrests among the youngest Californians.

Why Do We Resist Individualized Justice?

“Demographic determinism” persists even among progressives. It needs to stop.

CJCJ in the news: The over-policing of black women in SF

San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, discusses CJCJ's recent report on the city's disproportionate arrests of African American women. 

CJCJ in the news: S.F. police scandal focuses on dwindling number of blacks

The Los Angeles Times highlights CJCJ's 2012 report on San Francisco's disproportionate arrests of African Americans for drug felonies.

Disgraceful Rhetoric from Baltimore

Rhetoric blaming youth for destruction in Baltimore reinforces America’s troubling historical narrative against the young and poor.

Former justice-involved youth should be key players in creating policy

Policymakers, law-enforcement, and advocates must include justice-involved youth when making decisions that affect these young people and their communities.

April News from CJCJ

Formerly incarcerated Californians advocate for reform; San Francisco's Racially Disproportionate Arrest Rates Persist; CJCJ youth client gets a fresh start

CJCJ in the news: San Francisco Criminal Justice Leaders Push for Change at Race Summit

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males discusses his latest findings on racially disproportionate arrests in San Francisco.

CJCJ in the news: African Americans cited for resisting arrest at high rate in S.F.

SF Gate highlights CJCJ's study on the disproportionate arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco. 

San Francisco's Disproportionate Arrest Rates of African American Women Persist

new CJCJ fact sheet analyzing data shows the disproportionately high arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco.

CJCJ's legislative priorities for 2015

CJCJ and our allies are working to enact systemic reforms to make California's criminal and juvenile justice systems more humane, fair, and effective. Learn about some of the bills we're supporting.

Books not Bars is Right

A person's education level doesn't just correlate to employment and salary — it's also correlated with a person's likelihood of being murdered.

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