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Tell Governor Newsom to Act Now: Address COVID-19 in Jails and Juvenile Facilities

California must act immediately to understand the scope of COVID-19 infection, inspect county facilities, and protect those inside. 

California Must Safeguard Youth in State Facilities Amid COVID-19 Oubreak

California must move quickly to halt the spread of COVID-19 within the state’s youth correctional institutions, the Division of Juvenile Justice.

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 17, Number 1 – Spring, 2020

Articles on the criminal justice system in Trinidad and Tobago; Detroit's urban demolition effects on community safety; public perception of sex offender registration; predicting recidivism with ACEs; and juvenile curfew violations.

New Report: 2020 Ballot Initiative to Repeal Justice Reform Would Come at a High Cost to Californians

A state initiative, costing hundreds of millions of dollars annually, would exacerbate the COVID-19 crisis, crowd jails and prisons, and disproportionately impact communities of color.

Standing Up for Racial Justice, Closing Youth Prisons, and More!

CJCJ stands with worldwide protests for racial justice, presses for successful closure of California’s DJJ institutions, and direct services remain open to support families amid COVID-19 challenges.

Continuing the Fight for Racial Justice

We stand together as we confront the legacy of racism woven into our nation’s criminal justice system. We must proclaim what the current system fails to affirm: Black Lives Matter.

New Fact Sheet: Urban Crime Rates Reach Record Lows Amid Large-Scale Justice Reform

A new fact sheet finds that urban crime rates have reached record lows amid several major criminal justice reforms.

CJCJ Applauds Governor Newsom's Proposal to Shutter DJJ

The proposal echoes CJCJ’s long-standing recommendations for the phased closure of all state youth correctional facilities.

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CJCJ’s Cameo House Families Enjoy Spring, New Report, and more!

April News: CJCJ’s Cameo House families enjoy spring festivities, new  report on dangers of DJJ youth correctional facilities, and CJCJ calls for transparency of COVID-19 cases.

New Report: California’s Youth Correctional Institutions Jeopardize Health Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

From overcrowding and unsanitary buildings to a lack of access to quality health care, DJJ facilities put youths' safety at risk.  

California jail watchdogs won’t keep track of COVID-19 cases in lockups. Activists want answers

The Sacramento Bee covers advocates' calls for transparency in California's local jails and juvenile halls, quoting CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.

Helping our Community through the COVID-19 Crisis

During the COVID-19 crisis, California must support youth at DJJ, Cameo House serves families in San Francisco, and advocates press for protections in jails and juvenile facilities.

Youth Opinion: An Analysis of San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall Closure

An analytical essay by a high school student working with CJCJ explores the significance of the closure of San Francisco’s juvenile hall.

New CA Budget Fact Sheet, Next Generation Fellows, and more!

February News: CJCJ’s Next Generation Fellowship explores advocacy in Oakland, costs soar for California’s youth correctional system, and award for CJCJ staff supports children with incarcerated loved ones!

New Fact Sheet: Spending on California’s Youth Correctional System Soars Amid Administrative Shifts

new CJCJ fact sheet finds that state spending on California’s dangerous and prison-like youth correctional system is expected to soar amid an administrative reorganization. 

CJCJ’s Renee Menart Receives Bay Area Inspire Award

CJCJ is pleased to announce that Communications and Policy Analyst, Renee Menart, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019-2020 Bay Area Inspire Award.

CJCJ Pays Tribute to Terence Hallinan

CJCJ staff are deeply saddened by the recent passing of former San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan.

CA Crime Declines, CJCJ rings in the New Year, and more!

California crime rates continue to drop amid justice reforms, CJCJ’s team rings in the New Year with a festive gathering, and CJCJ's Justice Policy Journal offers new research.

San Francisco’s “Crime Wave” Is Just One Crime

In recent months, San Franciscans have seen alarming headlines announcing the city has suffered huge increases in crime. However, analysis shows that the city's crime trends are driven by just one type of offense: thefts from motor vehicles.

California's Arrest Rate Falls to Record Low in Justice Reform Era (2011-2018)

A new CJCJ fact sheet shows that California's decades-long declines in arrests have continued through the state's justice reform era into 2018.

CJCJ wishes you a happy New Year!

In 2019, CJCJ promoted alternatives to youth incarceration, prepared tomorrow’s justice policy leaders, and provided services for thousands of individuals.

Closing San Francisco's Juvenile Hall: An Analysis of the Youth Population

New CJCJ research offers a deeper understanding of population trends within the San Francisco’s juvenile justice system amid planning for the closure of the city's juvenile hall.

California Leaders Embrace Youth Voices, but Miss Opportunity for Major Reform

CJCJ's Maureen Washburn authors an Op-Ed on 2019 California legislation relating to juvenile justice matters, noting major steps forward alongside missed opportunities.

CJCJ Tours DJJ Facilities, Supports Prop 64 Grant Process, and more!

CJCJ tours California’s youth correctional facilities, policy staff serves on Prop 64 investments committee, and more!

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