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Help Abolish Regressive Juvenile Justice Fees in California

Juvenile administrative fees harm youth and families and undermine the rehabilitative intent of the juvenile justice system. A team of lawmakers, advocates, and researchers is working to bring an end to these fees in counties across California through Senate Bill 190.

California Must Better Protect the Health and Safety of Youth in Juvenile Halls

Right now, California is deciding how, and in some cases whether, to afford basic protections for youth confined in county juvenile halls and camps. 

The California Story: Reduced Crime, High Immigration

The Crime Report highlights a recent CJCJ report which found increasing positive trends for health in safety in California as the overall population became more diverse and saw increased immigration. 

KPFA 94.1FM Berkeley: CJCJ refutes political rhetoric on immigration and crime

Berkeley radio station, KPFA 94.1 FM, interviewed CJCJ's Mike Males about the findings of his recent report "Refuting Fear: Immigration, Youth, and California's Stunning Declines in Crime and Violence." 

Refuting Fear: Immigration, Youth, and CA’s Stunning Declines in Crime and Violence

A new CJCJ report finds crime and violence have decreased as racial and ethnic diversity and immigration increased in California, particularly among young people. 

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 14, Number 1 - Spring 2017

Articles on educating incarcerated young adults, police involvement with intimate partner violence calls, witness sexual orientation bias, and a book review on Prisoner Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration

State spent millions on youth facilities despite drop in crime

The Union Democrat quotes CJCJ's Erica Webster and Mike Males regarding community concerns about the size of Tuolumne County's new, 30-bed juvenile hall that currently confines four young people. 

Weakening Prop 57 Reinforces Mass Incarceration

New legislation seeks to limit eligibility for Prop 57 reforms, thereby failing to address the root causes of mass incarceration and how we treat those who have committed violent crimes. 

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

UC Berkeley's Oakland North highlights CJCJ research and interviews Maureen Washburn and Erica Webster on the beneficial reforms of Prop 57. 

2017 Bills Could Limit Juvenile Shackling, Repeal Sentencing Enhancements, and More

This legislative session, CJCJ is co-sponsoring two justice reform bills and supporting others that seek to reduce California's reliance on incarceration.

"Free Our Dreams" and "Quest for Democracy" Highlight California’s Path to Justice Reform

On May 8th, groups from across California will come together in Sacramento to highlight the need for transformative justice policy reform that is strongly informed by the most impacted communities.

Celebrating the No Violence Alliance, new fact sheet, and more!

No Violence Alliance (NoVA) celebrates its 10th anniversary, CJCJ co-sponsored bills clear key Senate policy committees and youth corrections report high recidivism despite surging costs

Returning to Reentry

Collaborative courts connect clients with needed services and emphasize rehabilitation over punishment.

California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Reports High Recidivism Despite Surging Costs

CJCJ's new fact sheet finds that the costs of confining youth in California’s state youth correctional syste are expected to climb to $271,318 per youth.

58 city and county departments apply for Prop 47 funding

See of a full list of public agencies that submitted applications for Prop 47 funding and read the full proposals. 

CJCJ Co-sponsored Bills Clear Senate Policy Committees

On April 4th, SB 190 and SB 439 passed Senate policy committees after strong testimony from legislators and advocates, and broad public support.

94.1 KPFA | Upfront: CJCJ's Maureen Washburn on youth reform legislation

CJCJ's Maureen Washburn discusses several pieces of important juvenile justice reform legislation that will decrease the negative impacts of justice-involvement on youth.

CJCJ sponsors youth justice reform legislation and more!

CJCJ co-sponsors youth justice reform legislation, youth clients take a deserved break from their demanding lives, and California sees a promising start to county juvenile facility reform. 

CJCJ Co-sponsors Legislation to Reform the Juvenile Justice System

CJCJ is co-sponoring two bills in the California legislature this year that would lessen the impact of the juvenile justice system on youth and their families. 

Sentencing Reform in California

CJCJ's executive director, Daniel Macallair, testified before the California Legislature on the need for increased uniformity in county implementation of sentencing laws to reduce mass incarceration. 

CJCJ's Cameo House Celebrates International Women's Day

This International Women's Day, CJCJ's Cameo House could not imagine "A Day Without a Woman."

Trump's distortions of crime, violence, drugs and youth

Trump’s address reveals dangerous misconceptions. Drugs and crime in America have virtually nothing to do with immigrants, foreigners, or youth.

“Teen Brain” Non-Science Debunked

Recent scientific reviews have debunked neurological studies which found youth to be more crime prone, but statistical realities showing dramatic drops in youth crime were demolishing such claims for decades. 

Pushing Back Against Alt-Facts and Focusing on California

Daniel Macallair testifies before California Assembly committee; CJCJ authors two editorials in national news platforms; Implementing Proposition 57 and sentencing reform in 2017

Prop 57 Alliance Celebrates Success and Looks to the Future

The California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice, a coalition of youth justice organizations, gathered to celebrate the successful passage of Proposition 57 and to plan for the future.

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