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Justice Policy Journal - Volume 16, Number 1 – Spring, 2019

Articles on arrest histories of men who buy sex; community member perceptions regarding sex offender recidivism; the school-to-prison pipeline, juvenile risk assessments, and more.

San Francisco to Close Juvenile Hall: Supervisor Walton and CJCJ's Daniel Macallair Discuss Why It's Important

Supervisor Shamann Walton and CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair discuss the now-successful legislation to close San Francisco's juvenile hall during a recent community event.

Mother's Day at Cameo House, Quest for Democracy Advocacy Day, and More!

Cameo House celebrates Mother’s Day, CJCJ joins hundreds for annual Quest for Democracy in Sacramento, and San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton and CJCJ Executive Director discuss juvenile hall closure.

Governor’s May Revision Proposes Additional Spending on Ineffective DJJ Facilities

As the Governor’s office prepares to transition DJJ into the state’s Health and Human Services Agency, the population is projected to grow by nearly 20 percent.

New Fact Sheet: Crime in L.A. County’s Major Cities Decline Amid Statewide Justice Reform

New CJCJ research finds crime rates have declined among Los Angeles County's major cities during California's justice reform era (2010-2018).

CJCJ and Federal Partners Collaborate to Enhance Conviction Alternatives Program (CAP)

This year marks a period of immense growth and continued dedication to strengthening Northern District of California's collaborative courts through the Federal Judiciary Center (FJC) Quality Improvement program.

San Francisco Models Juvenile Justice Reform, Urban Crime Declines, and More!

San Francisco to end youth detention with CJCJ and community support, new fact sheet finds declines in California’s urban crime amid justice reforms, and CJCJ’s Youth Justice Mentoring program has lasting impact!

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. 

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