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A Modest Proposal for an Oakland Curfew

A youth curfew has not only proven ineffective, it targets a group that commits less than 7% of Oakland's crime. Why not a curfew that targets the demographic responsible for 80% of the city's crime?

CJCJ Newsletter - Tell the Governor to sign these bills!

A run down of California's legislative session, SF's Due Process for All Ordinance, and a call for your support of Cameo House.

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Weed more likely than rape to get immigrant detained, report charges

A new report suggests that a suspected undocumented immigrant convicted of possessing pot may be more likely to face immigration detention than one who’s been convicted of rape.

Civil Immigration Detention is Not an Appropriate Use of Local Jails

CJCJ's Brian Goldstein Op-ed in the California Progress Report considers if federal immigration enforcement should consume finite local public safety resources and capacity.

Reentry barriers: employment and the technology divide

How do you prepare for work in an office environment if you've never used a computer? Many Bay Area residents struggle to find employment after decades of incarceration. 

CJCJ's Senior Mentoring Coordinator, Karen Moore, honored

Karen Moore, Youth Justice Mentoring Program staff member honored with 2013 Cheyenne Bell Award.

Leaders in the Field Weigh in on the Effectiveness of Diversion Programming

An article in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange examines diversion programs for justice-involved youth.

Four Reasons Californians Need Fair Drug Sentencing Reform

This year, Governor Jerry Brown can take a bold step to reform drug sentencing for individuals who posses small quantities of a controlled substance for personal use. Senate Bill 649, authored by State Senator Mark Leno, is a long-term solution that gives California's judges and prosecutors the choice to offer individuals a reduced sentence, when appropriate, for drug possession.

Oakland youth curfew proposed to help fight crime

"It is pretty ineffective," Daniel Macallair said of a curfew. "Most of it is for symbolic purposes. It is kind of the fallback policy for policymakers when they don't know what else to do."

CJCJ pays tribute to the history of its new mentoring program

CJCJ's newest direct service program, the Youth Justice Mentoring Program, has a long history in San Francisco. CJCJ pays tribute to that legacy by carrying on these essential services.

Are Immigration Detainer Practices Rational?

New study casts doubt on efficacy of immigration and public safety intersection.

Congregate Care Facilities are a Thing of the Past

Photographer Richard Ross documents youth correctional facilities across the nation.  This blogs explores why these facilities are an outdated approach to juvenile justice.

Op-ed: Statistical Bigotry is Just Bigotry

CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, is featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Monterey County has among highest imprisonment rates

A report released this week by a nonprofit advocacy group, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, says there are wide disparities across California in how state prisoner realignment is being implemented.

California Poised to Adopt Necessary Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reforms

Both the legislature and Governor Brown are currently reviewing a wide range of juvenile and criminal justice policies that will have a long-term impact on the state. Here's a breakdown of key bills.

CJCJ Board of Director member Patti Lee to receive Cheyenne Bell Award

Deputy Public Defender Patti Lee has been selected by the Center for Young Women's Development as a 2013 Cheyenne Bell award winner.

Counties' continued disparities in Realignment implementation

Fact sheet on county-by-county implementation of AB 109 Realignment using data through June 30, 2013.

Easing California’s Prison Crisis via Private Prisons is a Bad Idea

Private prisons are not the answer to California's prison overcrowding crisis.

Post-Realignment prison admissions increase in 2013

Fact sheet analyzing new prison admissions by quarter shows admissions for property and drug crimes are on the rise in 2013.

Is there an end in sight to the War on Drugs?

As so many drug-related reforms move forward, there is still a need for a comprehensive examination of how drug policy is implemented locally.

OP-ED: New Hope – Health Care for Justice-Involved Youth

An Op-ed by CJCJ staff discussing how the ACA, often referred to as Obamacare, will pave the way for justice-involved youth to have access to high-quality reentry and aftercare services.

Some Promising Programs for Girls in Trouble

In my previous blog I noted that successful programs for girls in the juvenile justice system were rare. In this blog I will highlight a few examples of recently developed programs that show great promise.

CJCJ Newsletter - We can end the prison crisis safely

Tell the Gov. you don't support prison expansion, attend the drug policy conference of the year, and read about the intersection of immigration and criminal justice.

California’s Sentencing Quagmire: Is a Commission the Solution?

A statewide Sentencing Commission could initiate much needed sentencing reform and end the prison crisis in the long-term.

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