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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.

CJCJ in the news: Valley community leaders come to Fresno to learn about Night Walk

The Fresno Bee references CJCJ's analysis of Fresno's zip codes and homicide rates.

Forgotten Voices: Oakland's youth call for no more violence

CURYJ, the Pacific Institute, and CJCJ partner to highlight the negative impact of policing on youth and alternative approaches that promote stronger, healthier, and safer communities.

April Newsletter: Progress on Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's April 2014 Newsletter

Fresno County: Adult Arrests and Incarceration

This analysis utilizes official statewide data sources to examine Fresno County’s state and local incarceration trends in comparison to the statewide average. 

Building a New Juvenile Justice System

The Board of State and Community Corrections is responsible for allocating $80 million dollars in juvenile facility construction funding. It is time to use this fiscal allocation differently and change the shape of California's juvenile justice system.

California bill looks to send more youth to adult prison

SB 838 could dramatically increase the number of youth tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system. CJCJ strongly opposes this bill because it fails to deter crime, denies young people opportunities for education and rehabilitation, and threatens public safety.

OP-ED: Leaving the Past Behind: Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's Antonia Cartwright discusses the positive impact of sealing juvenile records in a recent Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Op-ed.

To Seal or Not To Seal – California Taking a Progressive Approach to Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's Gabrielle Marchand analyzes recent legislation for California's justice-involved youth, which provides them with a clean slate and ample opportunities for future success

Why not a war on child poverty?

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males is featured in Reuters discussing youth crime and poverty.

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