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Youth Prison Paradox: Californians Want Them Shut Down While Counties Keep Building

The Chronicle of Social Change quotes CJCJ's Director of Policy Brian Goldstein about California's growing awareness that incarcerating youth does not make communities safer. 

Justice for All: Senate Bill 190

Senate Bill (SB) 190, which has passed the California Senate, aims to address the inequity of burdensome administrative fees levied against justice-involved youth and their families.

“Next Generation” of Justice Policy Leaders Gather and Mobilize in Sacramento

CJCJ and MILPA co-facilitated a two-day leadership and policy advocacy training for justice involved and formerly incarcerated individuals from across California.

CJCJ gives young people adventure, health services & professional opportunities

CJCJ youth get to be kids again during annual Great America trip, emerging leaders train to transform justice in California, and CJCJ's behavioral health programs invest in San Francisco youth. 

CJCJ is hiring!

Are you passionate about criminal and juvenile justice issues? Do you want to work directly with justice-involved young people? Apply now to join our team! 

Not Without Scars: The Story of Shirley LaMarr

San Francisco author Jim Dekker tells Cameo House Director Shirley LaMarr's story of survival after addiction and poverty, and what is possible with investment in people rather than incarceration. 

 

The Kids Are All Right (and These Surprising Statistics Prove It)

CJCJ's Mike Males pens an op-ed for Yes! Magazine detailing positive trends among American youth, such as declining crime, increasing education, and greater political tolerance. 

Failed Juvenile Justice System Costs California More Than Dollars

CJCJ's Brian Goldstein pens an op-ed for Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) highlighting the overwhelming fiscal and social costs of juvenile incarceration to youth and the community. 

Travis Allen’s Mostly False Claim About Crime in California

Politifact uses data from CJCJ's recent report to fact check a statement made by California gubernatorial candidate, Travis Allen. 

A new report, a CJCJ client gives back & youth clients celebrate summer!

CJCJ youth clients celebrate summer with indoor go-karting; Refuting fear: immigration, youth, and CA's declining violence; and Cameo House resident completes program and gives back.

Gun Politics Kills People

Declines in gun violence in three large, urban states with very different gun control regimes are being ignored because they challenge entrenched political agendas.

Help Abolish Regressive Juvenile Justice Fees in California

Juvenile administrative fees harm youth and families and undermine the rehabilitative intent of the juvenile justice system. A team of lawmakers, advocates, and researchers is working to bring an end to these fees in counties across California through Senate Bill 190.

California Must Better Protect the Health and Safety of Youth in Juvenile Halls

Right now, California is deciding how, and in some cases whether, to afford basic protections for youth confined in county juvenile halls and camps. 

The California Story: Reduced Crime, High Immigration

The Crime Report highlights a recent CJCJ report which found increasing positive trends for health in safety in California as the overall population became more diverse and saw increased immigration. 

KPFA 94.1FM Berkeley: CJCJ refutes political rhetoric on immigration and crime

Berkeley radio station, KPFA 94.1 FM, interviewed CJCJ's Mike Males about the findings of his recent report "Refuting Fear: Immigration, Youth, and California's Stunning Declines in Crime and Violence." 

Refuting Fear: Immigration, Youth, and CA’s Stunning Declines in Crime and Violence

A new CJCJ report finds crime and violence have decreased as racial and ethnic diversity and immigration increased in California, particularly among young people. 

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 14, Number 1 - Spring 2017

Articles on educating incarcerated young adults, police involvement with intimate partner violence calls, witness sexual orientation bias, and a book review on Prisoner Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration

State spent millions on youth facilities despite drop in crime

The Union Democrat quotes CJCJ's Erica Webster and Mike Males regarding community concerns about the size of Tuolumne County's new, 30-bed juvenile hall that currently confines four young people. 

Weakening Prop 57 Reinforces Mass Incarceration

New legislation seeks to limit eligibility for Prop 57 reforms, thereby failing to address the root causes of mass incarceration and how we treat those who have committed violent crimes. 

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

UC Berkeley's Oakland North highlights CJCJ research and interviews Maureen Washburn and Erica Webster on the beneficial reforms of Prop 57. 

2017 Bills Could Limit Juvenile Shackling, Repeal Sentencing Enhancements, and More

This legislative session, CJCJ is co-sponsoring two justice reform bills and supporting others that seek to reduce California's reliance on incarceration.

"Free Our Dreams" and "Quest for Democracy" Highlight California’s Path to Justice Reform

On May 8th, groups from across California will come together in Sacramento to highlight the need for transformative justice policy reform that is strongly informed by the most impacted communities.

Celebrating the No Violence Alliance, new fact sheet, and more!

No Violence Alliance (NoVA) celebrates its 10th anniversary, CJCJ co-sponsored bills clear key Senate policy committees and youth corrections report high recidivism despite surging costs

Returning to Reentry

Collaborative courts connect clients with needed services and emphasize rehabilitation over punishment.

California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Reports High Recidivism Despite Surging Costs

CJCJ's new fact sheet finds that the costs of confining youth in California’s state youth correctional syste are expected to climb to $271,318 per youth.

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