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Misdirected Juvenile Justice Consensus Creates Backwards Policy

The historic plunge in juvenile crime threatens key interests. The paradoxical response: revival of the obsolete myth that adolescents are innate criminals.

CJCJ in the news: Bill seen as first step to juvenile filing reform

The Daily Journal quotes CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani to discuss the problematic practice of prosecuting youth in adult court. 

CJCJ in the news: Jerome Miller, 83; altered treatment of juvenile offenders

The Boston Globe writes about the life of Jerry Miller and his many powerful accomplishments in the field of juvenile justice, including "the Massachusetts experiment."

November BSCC meeting kick starts big projects

Last week, the Board of State and Community Corrections approved $500 million in county facility construction funding and appointed chairs for its Proposition 47 subcommittee.

New Reform: Same as the Old Reform

Two lessons from CJCJ Executive Director Dan Macallair’s new history of California juvenile justice: (1) Beware of the status quo; (2) Beware of “reform.”

October news from CJCJ

JCRT's Daniel Reyes promotes community-based services at national conference,  a CJCJ youth client looks forward to the future, and After the Doors Were Locked by Daniel Macallair receives praise from criminal justice professionals

California Improves Juvenile Record Sealing Process

CJCJ updates Seal It to reflect improvements made by new legislation

CJCJ in the news: Why the GOP Must Discuss #BlackLivesMatter in the Next Debate

The Huffington Post cites an article by CJCJ's Mike Males, "Who Are Police Killing?", to discuss police violence against African-Americans.

The Business of Guns

Even after all the mass shootings in the U.S, few are talking about two important issues: American gun culture and the business of guns. Gun deathse are expected to surpass vehicale deaths in 2015, how is the gun industry contributing to violence? 

CJCJ in the news: SBCUSD board pressed to take action on suspension policy, citations

Students and community organizations gathered to protest the San Bernardino Unified School District's role in the school-to-prison pipeline. This IE article cites CJCJ's report revealing San Bernardino to be one of two cities where school officers can arrest students, and appear to do so frequently. 

CJCJ in the news: U.S. Should Adhere to Global Standards in How We Treat Our Youth

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani contrasting the United States' treatment of youth in the justice system to that of other developed nations. 

CJCJ in the news: KCBS interviews Daniel Macallair on sentencing youth to life without parole

On October 13th, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments to determine if its 2012 decision, prohibiting automatic sentencing of juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole, should be applied retroactively. 

Guns: Amid more tragedy, the hopeful realities everyone ignores

There are some surprisingly positive developments for politicians and lobbyists ready to conclude today’s endless quarrel.

CJCJ in the news: Native Lives Matter, Too

The New York Times tracts the disparate killings of Native Americans by police officers, citing CJCJ as one of the few sources that covered this issue. 

September news from CJCJ: Executive Director publishes history of California juvenile justice system

After the Doors Were Locked: California's juvenile justice history; JJS supports youth on Polynesia Violence Prevention Day; CJCJ participates in Monterey County Proposition 47 town hall

Why has crime plummeted?

Does the stunning increase in educational achievement among young people over the last 20 years explain why nearly every “adolescent risk” (homicide, drug abuse, and violent death) has plummeted to record-low levels?

CJCJ in the news: The Push to Imprison California's Low-Level Offenders

As critics fault Proposition 47 for a spike in crime—which reduced some minor offenses from felonies to misdemeanors—the East Bay Express cites expert criminologists and CJCJ to explain why the claim is problematic. 

Monterey County residents discuss impact of Proposition 47

On September 10, local elected officials, community leaders, and neighbors in Monterey County’s City of Seaside gathered to learn about the impact of Proposition 47 on state policymaking and local public safety, 

CJCJ and San Francisco Training Partnership strive to provide a second chance

“When people get out of prison, they are being released into this chaotic city — a city that has greatly transformed in recent years — and it’s a fragile time,” says CJCJ's San Francisco Training Partnership case manager, Matthew Snope. 

Assembly Select Committee Hears from Youth of Color

Community groups, advocate organizations, and young people of color who compose the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color meet with legislators, discuss policy, and request that community leaders have input in decisions affecting their neighborhoods.

CJCJ in the news: With Juvenile Deincarceration, Jerry Miller Was First One Over the Wall

CJCJ's executive director, Daniel Macallair, is honored as a "feisty Miller acolyte" by the Chronicle of Social Change after the passing of the great Jerry Miller. 

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