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An American Gun Death Every 16 Minutes in 2011

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males: But no one likes to talk about who's dying from guns, or how.

CJCJ in the news: Talk 910 KKSF AM with Gil Gross

Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, is featured on the Gil Gross show to discuss the negative impact of mandatory minimums on California's youth. 

CJCJ in the news: Assembly Public Safety Committee postpones vote on "Audrie's Law"

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen comments on the dangers of SB 838, which would establish the first mandatory minimum sentence in California's juvenile justice system.

CJCJ in the news: Bay Area mother of teen suicide victim urges passage of tough new law on juvenile sex offenders

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses the negative impact of mandatory minimums for youth in the Contra Costa Times.

CJCJ in the news: California lawmakers delay vote on Audrie's Law

CJCJ Board member Patti Lee, of San Francisco's Public Defender's Office, says establishing mandatory minimums for California's youth is a "grave mistake."

CJCJ in the news: Teen rape law vote delayed in Legislature

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen highlights the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's youth in the San Jose Mercury News.

Remembering John Vasconcellos

With the death of former State Senator John Vasconcellos on May 29, the California criminal justice reform community lost one of its great champions. Vasco, as he was affectionately known, was one of those rare elected officials whose commitment to justice never wavered. 

OP-ED: Keep Mandatory Minimums Out of the Juvenile Justice System

Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, discusses the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's juvenile justice system in a recent Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Op-ed.

Scared of Gun Violence? Run INTO a School!*

School and college campuses account for 5 out of every 10,000 shootings in the United States, but occupy 90% of our discussion of gun violence.

Keep mandatory minimums out of the juvenile justice system

SB 838 would establish the first mandatory minimum sentences in California's juvenile justice system. These sentences are punitive, reject the notion of rehabilitation, and do not prevent crime. Help us stop this bill from becoming law!

Harm Reduction: A Hard Pill to Swallow

San Francisco Sentencing Commissioner, Kate McCracken, reflects upon a recent visit to Seattle, Washington to learn more about the LEAD program, a police operated pre-arrest diversion program.

“Demographic Scapegoating”: How Leaders and Interests Profit from Social Crises

While invoking tones of concern and inclusion, American leaders exploit social problems to flatter powerful older constituencies by stigmatizing young people

New Complications Challenge No-Complications-Allowed Gun Debate

A gun-control lobby's incisive report disputes mass-shooting dogmas. A woman-hating shooter's rampage defies popular answers. Yet, America's gun policy debate remains rooted in ancient prejudices.

An Opportunity for Juvenile Justice Innovation in California

Counties currently seeking state funding have both immense responsibility to ensure continued best practices, and the valuable opportunity to build bridges between justice-involved youth and the communities to which they will return. 

Apartheid Schooling

Senior Researcher Randy Shelden discusses wealth and income inequality in this CJCJ blog.

Challenging Biases Against Economic Justice and Respectful Treatment of Youth

Economic justice and respectful treatment for young people in policy and discussion forums are both a moral imperative and epitomize the best of "what works" in criminal justice. I feel the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange -- like many in the field -- does not uphold those standards. Others may disagree, but here is my view.

A Quest for Democracy in Sacramento

On May 19, over 200 individuals came to the capitol as part of the second annual Formerly Incarcerated People’s Quest for Democracy.

CJCJ in the news: California proposals aim to help young offenders

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses California's trend towards juvenile justice reform in the Associated Press.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting May 8, 2014

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

Monterey County Juvenile Hall Needs Assessment: A Preliminary Analysis

The purpose of this preliminary analysis is to examine current crime, confinement, and population trends within a larger historical context to estimate the county’s future juvenile detention needs.

Positive Efforts Toward Decreasing California's Pretrial Population

Unsentenced individuals comprise over 60% of California's statewide jail population. Therefore, decreasing the number of people detained pretrial can alleviate unnecessary use of jail beds and improve overall public safety outcomes.

CJCJ Statement on the Governor’s Budget May Revision for FY 2014-15

CJCJ's response to Governor Jerry Brown's FY 2014-15 Budget May Revision.

State Committee Recommends a Need for Data and Accountability

On Thursday, May 8, California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) heard a series of presentations from its Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC) around data, education, and disproportionate minority contact or confinement in the juvenile justice system.

Named legislation rarely protects the public

Bills authored in response to specific events are well-meaning but will rarely result in good public policy.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting March 13, 2014

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

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