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CJCJ's legislative priorities for 2015

CJCJ and our allies are working to enact systemic reforms to make California's criminal and juvenile justice systems more humane, fair, and effective. Learn about some of the bills we're supporting.

Books not Bars is Right

A person's education level doesn't just correlate to employment and salary — it's also correlated with a person's likelihood of being murdered.

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.

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California Sentencing
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Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.

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