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Where do black teenagers and white middle-agers get busted for drugs at equal rates?

In Los Angeles, huge declines in drug arrests of black teenagers and skyrocketing arrests of white middle-agers have led to an unimaginable new racial equality.

CJCJ in the news: After California decriminalized marijuana, teen arrest, overdose and dropout rates fell

The Washington Post's Wonkblog highlights CJCJ's recent report on the impact of marijuana reforms.

New CJCJ report: Prop 47 could save counties millions, reduce jail populations

A new CJCJ brief estimates the potential county-level savings and jail population reductions that could result from implementing Proposition 47, which would reclassify low-level drug and property offenses as misdemeanors.

Scapegoating Means Scapegoating

Anti-rape campaigns from the White House to Sacramento blame students for a society-wide problem and ignore crucial lessons from young people’s promising trends.

CJCJ in the news: California Prison Guards Sit Out Debate On Letting Non-Violent Prisoners Go Free

CJCJ Executive Director Dan Macallair on the prison guard union's relative silence on criminal justice reforms.

Funding Local Juvenile Facilities that Meet the Needs of the Future

A tour of Stanislaus Juvenile Correctional Facility provides an example of previous SB 81 spending and highlights some important considerations for the next round of funding over the coming months.

CJCJ in the news: Marijuana legalization doesn't solve racial disparities in the criminal justice system

Vox highlights a recent CJCJ report on the impact of marijuana policy reform.

California teenagers: No longer “crime prone”

California’s revolutionary plunge in youth crime and rise in older-age crime threaten established interests still feeding on fear of youth.

Proposition 47: Estimating Local Savings and Jail Population Reductions, Summary

Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014, could generate costs savings for three counties between $135 million and $236 million.

Reforming marijuana laws: Which approach best reduces the harms of criminalization?

A new CJCJ report shows marijuana decriminalization across all ages could result in more harm reduction than 21-and-older legalization.

New data reveal persistent disparities in charging youth as adults

A long-overdue report lays bare the egregious racial disparities that pervade the juvenile justice system, and falls short of providing crucial data on youth transferred to adult court.

A “Third System” for Incarcerated Young Adults

Justice advocates have been considering a separate system for young adults ages 18 to 25 due to violence in prisons, but would a new system move focus away from reform efforts?  

Proposition 47: Estimating Local Savings and Jail Population Reductions

CJCJ estimates savings and jail population reductions in individual counties as a result of implementing Proposition 47.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano: A Champion for Reform

Brian Goldstein reflects on the tenure of outgoing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and his dedicated leadership in criminal justice reform. 

Ferguson and the militarization of the police

"The behavior of the police in Ferguson, were it conducted by soldiers or Marines in Iraq or Afghanistan, would be viewed as violations of the Rules of Engagement and result in Court Martials."

Who Are Police Killing?

Over the last four decades, some 15,000 Americans have been killed by law enforcement officers. Native Americans are most at risk, followed by African Americans.

Violence Prevention has a New Champion

After seven amazing years of dedicated work, Kate McCracken, CJCJ’s Director of Policy and Development, will be moving her efforts into a specific violence prevention role as a Senior Planner and Policy Analyst with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office.

After Realignment: A need for proportional sentencing and treatment programs

In a post-Realignment era, enacting sentences proportional to crimes and treatment programs are the next step in addressing concerns about increasing jail populations and public safety.

Is California Finally Figuring Out Drugs?

"No state has embraced both illegal drugs and the official wars thereon like California," writes Mike Males. After a roller coaster half-century, the state may finally be on its way to good drug policy.

Clearing the Path Ahead: One Step Towards Improving Reentry in California

California recently lifted the ban on access to welfare for people with felony drug convictions. Though a strong step in the right direction, many obstacles remain for this vulnerable population.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting July 10, 2014

Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.

July Newsletter: Advancing Alternatives to Incarceration

In Fresno, a community-based approach to pretrial reform; Expert helps Cameo House strengthen its women-centered approach; A new approach for juvenile facilities in California.

CJCJ in the news: Little-known Agency Central to Criminal Justice Reform

CJCJ's Brian Goldstein comments on the importance of the BSCC — "arguably the most powerful corrections body in the state."

Pretrial Services: An Effective Alternative to Monetary Bail

Most people in California's jails have not had their day in court — they are detained because they are simply too poor to post bail. 

California's Radical Youth Trends

Huge reductions in youth incarceration, huge increases in populations of youth of color — and huge reductions in youth crime. Who knew?

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