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San Francisco calls for juvenile hall closure in favor of community-based alternatives

This month, San Francisco leaders proposed closing its juvenile hall and consider broader reforms to the local juvenile justice system.

Artistic expression, a critical step in healing

Art education has immense benefits in human development, personal growth and as a form of therapy, serving as a much-needed tool in combating the harsh realities of incarceration.

New Fact Sheet: Urban Crime Declines During California's Justice Reform Era (2010-2018)

A new CJCJ publication analyzes urban crime across 73 large cities and finds that crime rates in California have declined during a period of large-scale criminal justice reform.

CJCJ-sponsored bill success, volunteer impact, and more!

March News: Sponsored bill to support youth locally proceeds in the CA State Legislature, Cameo House families and volunteers connect through a creative project, and CJCJ supports proposed closure of San Francisco's juvenile hall.

Vanishing Violence: Tracking California's remarkable collapse in youth crime

The San Francisco Chronicle speaks with CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males about youth crime trends, which have fallen off drastically since the 1990s, leaving juvenile halls emptied and experts mystified.

California at a Crossroads: Ending Youth Trauma by Closing Violent DJJ Institutions

As California considers the fate of its juvenile justice system, the Governor, Legislature, and youth advocacy community must push beyond a basic restructuring of the state institutions and resolve to bring youth home from DJJ.

Grant Opportunities for Youth Diversion, Adult Reentry, and More!

This month, three exciting grant opportunities for community-based programs are accepting applications. CJCJ and partners are working together to ensure these funds are used effectively for the community!

San Francisco Strengthens Legal Protections for Youth

The "Jeff Adachi Youth Rights" ordinance is now the strongest law in the country for youth in police custody, setting a precedent for counties across California and the U.S. and emphasizing the importance of local reform in the fight for youth justice.

Violence at DJJ, Guide to Reentry, and more!

February news: CJCJ report uncovers dangerous conditions at CA's Division of Juvenile Justice, new practical guide supports justice-involved youth during reentry, and CJCJ honors Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender.

CJCJ Mourns Passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Champion for Justice

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice mourns the passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Public Defender.

New Report: A Guide to Supporting Justice-Involved Youth during Reentry

A new practical guide for juvenile justice and social service providers emphasizes collaborative, holistic support and meaningful engagement with youth and their families during the reentry process.

California’s Juvenile Justice System Had 16 Years To Fix Its Abuse Problems. It Didn’t.

The Huffington Post covers CJCJ's new report on conditions at California's Division of Juvenile Justice, a youth's experience, and the authors' key takeaways.

KPCC: Phasing out pepper spray, low probability high consequence disasters, the ninth circuit

CJCJ's Renee Menart discusses dangerous conditions at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on 89.3 KPCC's Take Two with A Rodriguez.

KQED: State Juvenile Justice Facilities Are Failing Kids, Report Finds

KQED's Marisa Lagos sits down with CJCJ's Maureen Washburn and Renee Menart to discuss California's troubled Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities. 

New Report: Pervasive Violence and Isolation at California's Division of Juvenile Justice Endanger Youth

CJCJ's comprehensive review of conditions at California’s state-run youth correctional system finds a return to its historically grievous conditions that isolate and traumatize youth.

Violence, Neglect & Fear Makes Kids Worse Not Better At California’s Division Of Juvenile Justice, Says Scathing New Report

Witness LA discusses key findings of CJCJ's recent report on harmful conditions at California's state-run youth correctional facilities run by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

2018 Next Generation Fellowship Highlights California’s Emerging Justice Leaders

This year, CJCJ and Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement (MILPA) were proud to bring together 15 justice reform leaders for the 2018 fellowship.

Fewer California youth are getting arrested, but those arrested face more consequences

As youth arrests plummet in California, falling 76 percent from 2007-17, the proportion of arrested youth subjected to court action has skyrocketed. 

New Rights for Youth in Juvenile Halls, Ranches & Camps

Recent revisions to the Minimum Standards for Juvenile Facilities establish new rights for youth in local juvenile justice facilities as of January 1, 2019. Share this guide to help inform youth, their families, and those who support them!

Governor Newsom’s juvenile justice reform, and more!

January news: CJCJ weighs in on governor’s proposal to reform CA's juvenile justice system, the Next Generation Fellowship celebrates the success of its 2018 fellows, and CJCJ’s collaborative approach serves youth in the community!

Proposed Changes to Juvenile Justice System Generate Praise, Skepticism

The California Health Report quotes CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair in discussing local alternatives to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as Governor Newsom considers reforming the institution.

Shutdown Breakthrough, Criminal Justice Reforms, Cannabis Update

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair joins Thuy Vu of the KQED Newsroom to discuss juvenile and criminal justice news, including the governor's proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

Editorial: Gov. Newsom’s impulse on juvenile justice good, but state needs real reform

The San Francisco Chronicle quotes CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair and endorses CJCJ's long-standing vision for California's juvenile justice system, in response to Governor Newsom's proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). 

Healing Communities through Restorative Justice

In the Bay Area and beyond, bringing together the community in a constructive way produces better chances for healing people who are most vulnerable and most impacted by the justice system.

Is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Juvenile Justice Reform Substantial Or Symbolic? Experts Say It’s a Wait-And-See.

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair is quoted by Capital Public Radio the importance of local alternatives for youth in a discussion about the governor's proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice.

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