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Community-based programming is crucial to support San Francisco youth

Earlier this week, San Francisco youth and service providers advocated for community-based programming at a Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee hearing on juvenile justice reform. 

San Francisco police fail to specify charges in nearly 90 percent of youth arrests in 2017

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) deviates from all other law enforcement agencies in California in two key ways: it fails to properly report Latino statistics, and it fails to specify exactly what offenses it charges nearly nine in 10 arrested youths.

A Boy’s Bright Future, Thanksgiving Dinner, and More!

A mother's collaboration with Cameo House supports her son’s bright future, Help strengthen families and support communities this holiday season, and CJCJ’s Cameo House builds community with Thanksgiving dinner tradition.

Give the Gift of Community Safety and Wellness

Every day, the CJCJ family of staff and clients works to ensure that our communities are safe and thriving. This #GivingTuesday, we ask for your support to strengthen community-based alternatives to incarceration!

California Legislature Passes Bill Setting Juvenile Justice Minimum Age at 12

The Chronicle of Social Change highlight's the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice's key role in the passage of Senate Bill 439, which protects young children under age 12 from the juvenile justice system.

What happens to teens accused of murder? Ventura County grapples with question

The Ventura County Star quotes CJCJ's Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn in an article about California Senate Bill (SB) 1391, which ends transfers of 14- and 15-year-olds to the adult criminal justice system.

CJCJ trains leaders, educates voters, and more!

Next Generation Fellows learn together in the great outdoors, CJCJ hosts a voting workshop to prepare for Election Day, and Cameo House families enjoy time together at the City Kids Family Fair.

OJJDP’s New Direction Is Juvenile Justice Policymaking By Erasure

CJCJ's Director of Policy and Development Brian Goldstein authors an Op-Ed on the Trump administration's OJJDP new juvenile justice policies that are harmful to youth and communities across the country. 

The Scanner: Complaints against cops fell with body cams, but questions remain

The San Francisco Chronicle quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on current crime trends in California in the eighth year of its "justice reform era."

SB 439 Becomes Law, Ending the Prosecution of Children Under 12

On September 30th, Governor Brown signed a historic piece of legislation ending the prosecution of children under 12 in juvenile court.

New bills continue criminal justice changes in California

The San Diego Union-Tribune cites research findings by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in an article about recent justice reforms including Senate Bill 439, which protects children under 12 from prosecution in the juvenile justice system.

Property and Violent Crimes Up, Homicides and Human Trafficking Down

The Potrero View quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article about ongoing problems with San Francisco Police Department reporting practices and recent crime trends. 

New Fact Sheet: Fresno County Shows Favorable Crime Trends in the Justice Reform Era (2010-2017)

A new CJCJ fact sheet finds that, amid substantial statewide criminal justice reform, Fresno County and the City of Fresno have experienced generally positive crime trends including a 28 percent drop in the rate of property crimes.

Trump agency shifts website to tougher stance on juvenile crime

NBC News quotes CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair in an article about the Trump administration's "tough on crime" policies, and the reality of declining rates of youth crime.

California’s Latest Adult Transfer Law Models Pathways for Reform for Rest of U.S.

CJCJ Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn authors an Op-Ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) about the passage of Senate Bill 1391, which protects 14- and 15-year-olds from transfers to the adult criminal justice system.

Tell Governor Brown to Stop Criminalizing Children, and More!

Tell Governor Brown to sign SB 439 to end the criminalization of young children, a young man journeys home and flourishes with the support of CJCJ program, and San Francisco youth explore the great outdoors with CJCJ's support.

The Number of Youth in Juvenile Detention in California Has Quietly Plummeted

The Voice of San Diego quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on California's steadily declining youth crime trends and emptying juvenile justice facilities.

SB 439 Heads to the Governor's Desk

Senate Bill (SB) 439, a bill co-sponsored by CJCJ and others, passed in the Legislature and is awaiting a signature from the Governor.

It’s Going Down

The Santa Fe Reporter cites research by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in an article on declining youth crime and incarceration rates in New Mexico.

NJ marijuana legalization: Why are NJ cops arresting fewer kids, more boomers?

App.com, part of the USA Today Network, quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on crime trends amid major marijuana policy reforms.

We've Moved to San Francisco's Mission District & More!

CJCJ’s new home ensures continued services to San Francisco communities, policy team supports youth advocacy at the California State Capitol, and CJCJ wins $1 million for homeless services with San Francisco partner organizations.

California Program Trains Much-needed Justice-involved Leaders

CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst Renee Menart authors an Op-Ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) about the importance of justice-involved leaders on the path toward meaningful reform.

Former police officer goes on trial for killing unarmed 15-year-old

The Washington Post quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on the impact and prevalence of police shootings during the trial of an officer in Dallas.

Youth curfews don’t work, open towns to costly lawsuits

The Press of Atlantic City quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on the deficiencies of youth curfews.

Direct File of Youth to Adult Court: Gone and Unlamented as Youth Arrests Fall to All-time Low in 2017

The abolition of direct file in California has resulted in more selective and less political decisions by judges, rather than by prosecutors, to better meet the individualized needs court-involved youth.

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