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A “Yes” on Prop 57 Will End Direct File

Prop 57 strips prosecutors of the power to send youth directly to adult criminal court, returning full discretion to impartial juvenile court judges.

New Report: The Prosecution of Youth as Adults in California

A new report presents 2015 trends in California’s use of “direct file,” wherein prosecutors are granted sole discretion to file charges against youth as young as 14 years old directly in adult criminal court.

Sixteen Year-Olds Are Smart. Let Them Vote.

CJCJ's Mike Males pens an op-ed for Washington Monthly calling on San Francisco voters to pass Proposition F and allow young people age 16 and older to vote in municple elections. 

Who's behind the rise in crime? Could be Trump’s constituency: older whites

CJCJ's Mike Males pens an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times including his data showing that crime among older white people has increased and discouraging demographic scapegoating. 

New Report: Violent Crime Arrests of Youth in California Expected to Decline Through 2020

CJCJ's new research report predicts ongoing declines in the violent felony arrest rate of California's youth through 2020.

CJCJ Director awarded Juvenile Advocate of the Year, plus new Prop 47 report!

Prop 47 and Crime in 2015, CJCJ's Executive Director awarded Juvenile Advocate of the Year, and dedicated CJCJ youth mentors featured in a major news outlet.

From juvenile detention to straight A's, with the help of a mentor

The Christian Science Monitor highlights CJCJ's Youth Justice Mentoring Program (YJM) and features interviews from clients and mentors about the impact of a caring adult role model. 

Prop. 47: ‘Reckless experiment’ or hope for criminal justice reform?

The Los Angeles Daily News highlights CJCJ's new report which finds that Proposition 47's criminal justice reforms do not correlate with county-level crime changes in 2015. 

The Lessons of California for Juvenile Justice Reform

CJCJ's executive director pens an op-ed for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) on the lessons to be learned from the failures of California's state youth corrections system.

New Report: Prop 47 and Crime in 2015

CJCJ's new report provides a comparison of county-level crime changes to jail population changes and prison releases after the passage of Prop 47. 

In Mental Health Care, Are We Treating the Symptom But Not the Cause?

New America Media quotes CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani on the ineffectiveness of mental health treatment for youth in detention for whom detention is often re-traumatizing. 

Juvenile and Criminal Justice Bills Clear the California Legislature

Advocates celebrate the successful passage of several key bills and call on Governor Brown to sign them into law.

Treating Young Offenders Like Adults Is Bad Parenting

The Atlantic interviews CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani and Mike Males, and determines that district attorneys' unfettered power to prosecute youth as adults doesn't benefit anyone — except prosecutors.

California Youth Raise Their Voices “Strong and Loud”

On August 8th, hundreds of youth from across California gathered in Sacramento for the annual Free Our Dreams Organizing Summit and Advocacy Day.

August News from CJCJ: Celebrating the life of Juidell Preston

CJCJ remembers change-maker, Juidell Preston,  youth clients learn new skills in the High Sierras, and new CJCJ reports address juvenile justice issues in California.

In Honor of Change-Maker, Juidell Preston

CJCJ honors our friend and caring leader, Juidell Preston, who passed away on August 6, 2016.

Napa County should invest in youth, not confinement

The Napa Valley Register publishes an op-ed by CJCJ's Maureen Washburn arguing against a pilot program aimed at 18-20 years olds in the justice system proposed by Senate Bill 1004.

California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 2)

The bail bonds industry has a long history of aggravating racial and socio-economic disparities, and engaging in blatant corruption

Reports Cites Mental Health Treatment Gaps at California’s DJJ Facilities

The Chronicle of Social Change highlights a new CJCJ study on conditions at California's state youth correctional facilties. 

KQED: Violence and Gang Activity Still Plague California's Juvenile Corrections Facilities

CJCJ's Erica Webster describes conditions at California's state youth correctional facilities on KQED's The California Report.

CJCJ in the News: Milwaukee Is Latest City to Use Curfew to Tamp Down Unrest

The Associated Press interviews Mike Males, who criticizes Milwaukee's implementation of youth curfews after protests in the city became destructive. 

Fact Sheet: California's Youth and Young Adult Arrest Rates Continue a Historic Decline

A new fact sheet from CJCJ shows that, in 2015, arrests of young people under age 25 dropped below 2014 levels and continue a decades-long trend of decline

Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California's Division of Juvenile Justice

CJCJ's new report finds, in California's state youth corrections system, violence has increased, gang culture is pervasive, and mental health treatment is at times nonexistent.

California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 1)

The money bail system was designed to ensure that people charged with an offense return to court for trial. In practice, however, it rewards those who can afford to pay and punishes those who cannot.

CJCJ in the news: Young and Locked Up in Silicon Valley

The Santa Clara County district attorney has made a habit of charging 14-,15- and 16-year-olds as adults. Why? 

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