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California teenagers: No longer “crime prone”

California’s revolutionary plunge in youth crime and rise in older-age crime threaten established interests still feeding on fear of youth.

Proposition 47: Estimating Local Savings and Jail Population Reductions, Summary

Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014, could generate costs savings for three counties between $135 million and $236 million.

Reforming marijuana laws: Which approach best reduces the harms of criminalization?

A new CJCJ report shows marijuana decriminalization across all ages could result in more harm reduction than 21-and-older legalization.

New data reveal persistent disparities in charging youth as adults

A long-overdue report lays bare the egregious racial disparities that pervade the juvenile justice system, and falls short of providing crucial data on youth transferred to adult court.

A “Third System” for Incarcerated Young Adults

Justice advocates have been considering a separate system for young adults ages 18 to 25 due to violence in prisons, but would a new system move focus away from reform efforts?  

Proposition 47: Estimating Local Savings and Jail Population Reductions

CJCJ estimates savings and jail population reductions in individual counties as a result of implementing Proposition 47.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano: A Champion for Reform

Brian Goldstein reflects on the tenure of outgoing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and his dedicated leadership in criminal justice reform. 

Ferguson and the militarization of the police

"The behavior of the police in Ferguson, were it conducted by soldiers or Marines in Iraq or Afghanistan, would be viewed as violations of the Rules of Engagement and result in Court Martials."

Who Are Police Killing?

Over the last four decades, some 15,000 Americans have been killed by law enforcement officers. Native Americans are most at risk, followed by African Americans.

Violence Prevention has a New Champion

After seven amazing years of dedicated work, Kate McCracken, CJCJ’s Director of Policy and Development, will be moving her efforts into a specific violence prevention role as a Senior Planner and Policy Analyst with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office.

After Realignment: A need for proportional sentencing and treatment programs

In a post-Realignment era, enacting sentences proportional to crimes and treatment programs are the next step in addressing concerns about increasing jail populations and public safety.

Is California Finally Figuring Out Drugs?

"No state has embraced both illegal drugs and the official wars thereon like California," writes Mike Males. After a roller coaster half-century, the state may finally be on its way to good drug policy.

Clearing the Path Ahead: One Step Towards Improving Reentry in California

California recently lifted the ban on access to welfare for people with felony drug convictions. Though a strong step in the right direction, many obstacles remain for this vulnerable population.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting July 10, 2014

Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.

July Newsletter: Advancing Alternatives to Incarceration

In Fresno, a community-based approach to pretrial reform; Expert helps Cameo House strengthen its women-centered approach; A new approach for juvenile facilities in California.

CJCJ in the news: Little-known Agency Central to Criminal Justice Reform

CJCJ's Brian Goldstein comments on the importance of the BSCC — "arguably the most powerful corrections body in the state."

Pretrial Services: An Effective Alternative to Monetary Bail

Most people in California's jails have not had their day in court — they are detained because they are simply too poor to post bail. 

California's Radical Youth Trends

Huge reductions in youth incarceration, huge increases in populations of youth of color — and huge reductions in youth crime. Who knew?

A New Approach for Juvenile Facilities in California

California's Board of State and Community Corrections makes critical decisions on the future of the state's justice-involved youth — and the public is beginning to pay attention.

CJCJ in the news: You can’t blame immigrants for gun violence

CJCJ's Mike Males on the truth about gun violence, gun control, and youth of color.

CJCJ in the news: As Juvenile Arrests Plummet, California Still Investing in Incarceration Facilities

The Chronicle of Social Change highlights advocacy by CJCJ and others to use state funds for local innovative programming-based juvenile justice facilities.

Scapegoating the Poor

The story of a single working mother who faces a decade in prison for allowing her daughter to play in a park unsupervised demonstrates our foolish reliance on incarceration and punishment as a way to poverty. 

Violence Forecast: Sunny with an Occasional Hail of Bullets

Violence trends make fools of its debaters — or would, if anyone called them to account.

More money, more beds?

Kate McCracken discusses the upcoming allocation of $80 million dollars in construction funding for juvenile facilities in California, and suggests the state think outside the box.

Who's Really Dying from Guns in the United States?

32,351 Americans died from gunfire in 2011. Nearly half of them were older white men shooting themselves. 

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