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August news from CJCJ

CJCJ clients gain leadership skills and enjoy the outdoors; Realignment and crime in 2014: California's violent crime in decline; Youth of color visit state representatives to discuss key legislation

Realignment and Crime in 2014: California's Violent Crime in Decline

A new report from CJCJ analyzes the increased Realigned population's effect on county crime and finds that there is no causal relationship. 

Enough Nonsense on Youthful (In)competence

Pre-judging the individual guilt of the Santa Cruz 15-year-old accused of murdering a child is not just, and judging all 15-year-olds as mentally incompetent is not science.

CJCJ’s Sentencing Service Program keeps youth in juvenile court

When a prosecutor wants to try a youth as an adult, defense attorneys reach out to Nisha Ajmani, program manager for CJCJ’s Sentencing Service Program (SSP), to keep that youth in the juvenile justice system.

CJCJ Founder Passes On

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jerome G. Miller, the visionary leader who closed Massachusetts’s juvenile prisons in the early 1970s and forever changed the context of juvenile justice reform. 

CJCJ in the news: As California becomes more diverse, youth arrests continue to plummet

Sacramento News & Review interviews CJCJ's Mike Males on his report "The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children" detailing the dramatic decline in youth arrests over the past 30 years.

California Court Rules Proposition 47 Applies to Youth

This July, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that a San Diego youth was eligible to reclassify his sentence from a felony to misdemeanor under California’s Proposition 47, setting a legal precedent for the rest of the state. 

CJCJ in the news: Treating Broken Hearts With Poor Mental Health Services

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by CJCJ's Lauren Barretto on the lack of adequate screening for, and evaluation of, mental health needs in the juvenile justice system.

Obama blames “teenagers doing stupid things” for drugs, crime, imprisonment

 We need a modern strategy that treats crime as a behavior of individuals, not demographic groups, and a criminal justice system that responds to individual characteristics. These four charts show game-changing trends in drug abuse, arrest, and imprisonment the president and major interests steadfastly ignore.

CJCJ in the news: Protesters question Denver police killing of mentally ill Native American

After Denver police shot and killed Paul Castaway, a Rosebud Sioux tribal citizen, Al Jazeera America contacted CJCJ's Mike Males to discuss his data on which demographics are most likely to be shot by police. 

California crime keeps going down in 2014

This month, the Attorney General of California released new data for 2014 showing that crime in the state continued its downward trend.

CJCJ in the news: San Francisco should fund effective programs, not a new jail

San Francisco County Supervisor, Jane Kim, highlights CJCJ's Cameo House as a model alternative to incarceration for rest of the nation. 

CJCJ in the news: Why Bill Clinton admitted being wrong on crime

CJCJ's Mike Males is featured as a guest on the Huffington Post Live's discussion about the Clinton admnistration's effect on crime and what the change in public opinion means for Hilary Clinton's campaign. 

Does Anyone Have a Solution to Gun Violence?

Gun violence is horrific. Why are we tolerating today’s going-nowhere political debate?

CJCJ clinical case managers set clients on the path to rehabilitation

CJCJ’s juvenile justice services programs utilize intensive supervision and clinical services (ISCS) to address the unique needs of clients and help them reenter their communities.

CJCJ in the news: Like Our Vets, Justice-Involved Youth Are Survivors of War

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed written by CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani. 

Why more states are considering marijuana legalization

The Christian Science Monitor cites CJCJ's report "Reforming Marijuana Laws: Which Approach Best Reduces the Harms of Criminalization? A Five-State Analysis" when discussing Oregon's legalization of recreational marijuana use. 

June news from CJCJ

Advocates voice concerns with $500 million for facility construction; San Francisco County holds hearing on bias in the justice system; CJCJ adult client gives back.

Like Our Veterans, Justice-Involved Youth are Survivors of Traumatic Violence

Veterans and youth in the justice system have something in common—trauma. California’s juvenile courts should address this trauma through treatment, not incarceration.

For males of color, status is mixed

The Californian covers CJCJ's Brian Goldstein's testimony on the status of boys and men of color in Monterey County. 

A Modest Theory of Why Conservatives Suddenly Champion Criminal Justice Reform

A sudden conversion to religious forgiveness and fiscal prudence on prison budgets? There’s a more plausible reason, one no one is talking about.

Community-Based Leadership of Color is Necessary for Effective Reform

In California, people of color are more strongly represented at every stage of the criminal justice system except in decision-making roles. 

Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding

The Associated Press quotes CJCJ's Director of Policy and Development, Brian Goldstein, on the finalized application, approved by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), through which California counties may request portions of $500 million to fund jail construction. 

Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding

The Associated Press reports on CJCJ's criticisms of the  rubric by which the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) plans to distribute $500 million in jail construction funding to California counties. 

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 12, Number 1 - Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of Justice Policy Journal includes articles on the barriers incarcerated mothers face to regain custody of children, peer support's effect on recidivism, how police make decisions during traffic stops, and evaluating veterans in the criminal justice system.

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