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March News from CJCJ

California allies convene to keep youth out of the adult system; CJCJ testifies on the consequences of a felony conviction; CJCJ program pairs college students with youth in Juvenile Hall 

New Report on Crime Decline Repeats Old Myths

A new report concludes that a drop in the youth population may have contributed to a drop in crime — but the data show the opposite to be true.

CJCJ in the news: It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime

Pacific Standard Magazine highlights research by CJCJ's Mike Males on the role of poverty in causing youth crime.

When is Enough Punishment Enough?

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden discusses the case of Michael DiVicino, a California prisoner currently serving his time at the Nevada State Prison in Indian Springs.

BSCC Town Hall in Oakland

Over 300 community members recently gathered in Oakland’s Imani Community Church to hear about a transformative moment in California’s criminal justice system: Proposition 47.

February news from CJCJ

CJCJ cautions against leaving youth out of marijuana policy reform; Implementing Prop 47: Helping our clients change their records; Engaging the public with the Board of State and Community Corrections

Why Teen Drug Use Surveys Are Meaningless

After California decriminalized marijuana, teenage behaviors improved dramatically. Pay no attention to dubious drug-use surveys, which bear no relationship to any measure of youthful well-being.

Increasing Public Engagement with California's BSCC

The February 12 BSCC Board meeting in Ventura saw promising developments, but the agency must be transparent and inclusive of those communities most impacted by their decisions.

From Selma to Ferguson

Although dealing with events of more almost 50 years ago, the film Selma is current. As the old saying goes, “the past is prologue.”

California’s opportunity to move beyond prison-like facilities for youth

The punitive prison-like facilities that dominate juvenile corrections are clearly not working. California should use new funding stream to create nurturing, rehabilitative environments.

Brown’s budget misses opportunity to shrink prison system

Despite the lowest crime rate in decades, and recent and potential reductions in the prison population, Brown continues to up prison spending and expand capacity.

Legal marijuana did not lead to increase in deadly “driving while stoned”

Colorado and Washington saw a drop in fatal car accidents involving marijuana, but still fail to produce sufficient data to track reforms.

California Must Prioritize Pretrial Services Before Expansion of Adult Facilities

After California’s legislature approved $500 million dollars in construction funding to local adult criminal justice facilities, the state is now in a position to determine what type of facilities it should invest in.

Killing by California Law Enforcement: It Is What You Think (Part II)

Those most at risk of being killed by officers (rates 2.5 to 20 times the state average): Native Americans ages 20-44; African Americans ages 15-49 and 65-69; Latinos ages 20-34.

Killing by Law Enforcement in California: It’s Not What You Think (Part I)

The deadliest cities: (1) Eureka, (2) Desert Hot Springs, (3) Vista, (4) Perris, (5) San Bernardino, (6) Moreno Valley, (7) Hemet, (8) Compton, (9) Inglewood, (10) Indio

CJCJ in the News: The War on Drugs Is Burning Out

Rolling Stone discusses a recent CJCJ report on marijuana reform.

As more lifers are released from prison...not much happens

Brown has allowed more people convicted of homicide to parole than have the past four governors combined. That's a good thing — but not good enough.

"Young black men" is not a metaphor for violence

The failures of local authorities to hold police accountable for killing unarmed black men deserve angry condemnation -- not more stereotyping.

December News from CJCJ

CJCJ helps spread holiday cheer; Executive Director Dan Macallair offers expertise on new justice show; CJCJ fights for rights of children visiting incarcerated parents

"When did it become legal to strip-search a child?"

CJCJ Deputy Director Dinky Manek Enty writes in the Chronicle of Social Change about a new proposal to strip-search visitors, including children visiting their incarcerated parents.

CJCJ's Daniel Macallair Speaks on Bail Industry

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair speaks with San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on the challenges with our bail system and need for pretrial reform.

Worldwide Experts Converge to Discuss the Future of Criminal Justice

"Criminology at the Intersection of Oppression": Worldwide perspectives on criminal justice are discussed at an international criminology meeting in San Francisco.

Fact-Checking Bill O’Reilly on Police, Killing and Race
Fox's Bill O'Reilly's commentary citing CJCJ statistics failed to note our data showing African Americans are much more likely than whites to be killed by police. Unjustifiable police killings of unarmed suspects likely involve even wider racial disparities.
A Shifting America: Latinos and a Health Equity-Centered Approach to Juvenile Justice

Residents of East Salinas are looking to indigenous practices to change their county’s approach to juvenile justice. 

Justice Policy Journal — Volume 11, Number 2 — Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of Justice Policy Journal includes studies on electronic monitoring, sex offender registration laws, prison arts, vets in the system, and gun ownership.

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