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OP-ED: A New Year and New Opportunity for Policy Reform in California

CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, discusses California's public policy priorities in 2014.

Bringing the holidays into the jails

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice partnered to bring the holiday spirit into the San Francisco County Jails.

A New Year and New Opportunity for Policy Reform in California

In 2014, community advocates and state policymakers should work together to continue focus on three policy areas and develop solutions that reflect the experiences of California’s most vulnerable populations.

OP-ED: A New Approach Needed for Byrne-JAG Funding in California

CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, discusses Byrne-JAG funding in California.

Planning for the future of justice-involved youth

Dispositional case planning is the heart of juvenile probation services. It is the art of crafting a case plan presented to the Judge describing the recommended provision of services for the justice-involved youth.

New laws to help Californians clean up their records

Two bills passed this year will help Californians with criminal histories reduce their barriers to employment and housing in 2014.

Using Community-Based Alternatives to Best Address Status Offenses

What is the best way to address the challenges of youth who break curfew, skip school, or runaway from home? Local justice leaders and policymakers would be wise to support cost-effective and successful alternatives to confinement. 

CJCJ Newsletter - Thank you for a big year at CJCJ!

CJCJ reflects on its transformation in 2013: new programs, award winning staff, and our new Director of Women's Services. 

Providing hope and kindness to our children this winter

CJCJ is very fortunate to work with extraordinary organizations that are committed to providing comfort and compassion to society’s most vulnerable members. Meet the Family Giving Tree.

A Modern Understanding of a Long Ago Confession and a Boy’s Execution

An in-depth look at the George Stinney case and what it could mean for juvenile justice policy almost 70 years later.

California to Decide on $500 Million Jail Construction

On December 4-5, 2013, representatives from 36 counties came to Sacramento and made their case to receive jail construction funding available through Assembly Bill (AB) 1022With this legislation, California will allocate $500 million in revenue lease bonds for counties to construct adult criminal justice facilities. 

CJCJ statement on LA jail indictments

Official statement by Executive Director Daniel Macallair on the Los Angeles County jail indictments. 

Study Attributes Boost In Property Crime To State Prison Realignment

Executive Director Daniel Macallair discusses property crime in a post-Realignment era.

Standing while black

Some have claimed the “end of racism” in this country. The most recent claim comes from the Republican Party. 

Legalizing Marijuana in California: Considerations for youth and beyond

California’s next step in drug policy reform needs to be towards nondiscriminatory legalization of medical and recreational marijuana with funding mechanisms to prevent drug abuse. Design considerations for legalization must be informed to avoid federal enforcement, discriminatory effects, and other unintended consequences.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting November 15, 2013

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

Another Round of "Knockout Game" Idiocy

Many reporters and experts seem sadistically bent on creating fear in an aging population by manufacturing endless teen-violence panics

CJCJ Newsletter - Interact with new 2012 juvenile justice data

New 2012 youth crime data released, publication on a model youth justice program in Solano County, and our journal releases its Fall 2013 edition.

What’s the deal with data?

In a post-Realignment California, criminal and juvenile justice professionals and advocates require accessible data resources in order to develop state and local policies. Everyone agrees reliable data is necessary to examine the impact of Realignment on California.

 

Fouts Springs: A Model Approach to Serving High-Risk Youth

New study documents legacy of Fouts Springs Youth Facility, a regional facility operated by Solano County that served high-risk youth in lieu of the state youth correctional facilities.

Knockout game: Videos of the teen attacks go viral; the crime’s not viral

Knockout game: A violent teen prank – seen in videos, but probably still an isolated trend – highlights the need to establish strong connections between young people and their community.

Spotlight on Solano: Youth thrive through county innovation

A closer look at Solano County's self-sufficient juvenile justice practices.

Big Government Must Embrace Big Data

California is the tech center of the world, filled with a richness of technical expertise and innovation. The state now needs political leadership to develop policy that leverages these elements to best serve all Californians.

Locked up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfers & the Private Prison Industry

A look at the dangers of relying on interstate transfer of prisoners to reduce overcrowding in state facilities, citing CJCJ's recent study on the topic.

Sealing Juvenile Records: A Good First Step to Successful Reentry

Even for adults who are on track for successful reentry, a juvenile adjudication can still create many barriers to success. Sealing a juvenile record is one remedy that could provide valuable relief to those negatively affected by a juvenile record’s existence.

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