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How Will California Spend $500 Million for Criminal Justice Facilities?

On June 10th, California's Board of State and Community Corrections will meet to finalize the request for proposals (RFP) for $500 million in adult facility construction funding. These funding decisions will unquestionably have a long-term impact for all Californians.

May news from CJCJ

The plummeting arrest rates of California's children; Patti Lee honored as a trailblazer of juvenile justice reform; and California leaders work to implement Prop 47.

CJCJ in the news: Black women in San Francisco arrested way more often than white women, report shows

Fusion shares CJCJ's recent factsheet on the disproportionately high arrests rates of black women in San Francisco compared to their white counterparts. 

Two Nations, One Black, One White, Separate and Unequal

So it was said, almost 50 years ago, by the Kerner Commission, in their report on the riots of the 1960s. Their exact words were: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”  And so it remains today.

The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children

A dramatic development with profound implications for Califorina's criminal justice system has occured over the last three decades: an enormous decline in arrests among the youngest Californians.

Why Do We Resist Individualized Justice?

“Demographic determinism” persists even among progressives. It needs to stop.

CJCJ in the news: The over-policing of black women in SF

San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, discusses CJCJ's recent report on the city's disproportionate arrests of African American women. 

CJCJ in the news: S.F. police scandal focuses on dwindling number of blacks

The Los Angeles Times highlights CJCJ's 2012 report on San Francisco's disproportionate arrests of African Americans for drug felonies.

Disgraceful Rhetoric from Baltimore

Rhetoric blaming youth for destruction in Baltimore reinforces America’s troubling historical narrative against the young and poor.

Former justice-involved youth should be key players in creating policy

Policymakers, law-enforcement, and advocates must include justice-involved youth when making decisions that affect these young people and their communities.

April News from CJCJ

Formerly incarcerated Californians advocate for reform; San Francisco's Racially Disproportionate Arrest Rates Persist; CJCJ youth client gets a fresh start

CJCJ in the news: San Francisco Criminal Justice Leaders Push for Change at Race Summit

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males discusses his latest findings on racially disproportionate arrests in San Francisco.

CJCJ in the news: African Americans cited for resisting arrest at high rate in S.F.

SF Gate highlights CJCJ's study on the disproportionate arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco. 

San Francisco's Disproportionate Arrest Rates of African American Women Persist

new CJCJ fact sheet analyzing data shows the disproportionately high arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco.

CJCJ's legislative priorities for 2015

CJCJ and our allies are working to enact systemic reforms to make California's criminal and juvenile justice systems more humane, fair, and effective. Learn about some of the bills we're supporting.

Books not Bars is Right

A person's education level doesn't just correlate to employment and salary — it's also correlated with a person's likelihood of being murdered.

March News from CJCJ

California allies convene to keep youth out of the adult system; CJCJ testifies on the consequences of a felony conviction; CJCJ program pairs college students with youth in Juvenile Hall 

New Report on Crime Decline Repeats Old Myths

A new report concludes that a drop in the youth population may have contributed to a drop in crime — but the data show the opposite to be true.

CJCJ in the news: It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime

Pacific Standard Magazine highlights research by CJCJ's Mike Males on the role of poverty in causing youth crime.

When is Enough Punishment Enough?

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden discusses the case of Michael DiVicino, a California prisoner currently serving his time at the Nevada State Prison in Indian Springs.

BSCC Town Hall in Oakland

Over 300 community members recently gathered in Oakland’s Imani Community Church to hear about a transformative moment in California’s criminal justice system: Proposition 47.

February news from CJCJ

CJCJ cautions against leaving youth out of marijuana policy reform; Implementing Prop 47: Helping our clients change their records; Engaging the public with the Board of State and Community Corrections

Why Teen Drug Use Surveys Are Meaningless

After California decriminalized marijuana, teenage behaviors improved dramatically. Pay no attention to dubious drug-use surveys, which bear no relationship to any measure of youthful well-being.

Increasing Public Engagement with California's BSCC

The February 12 BSCC Board meeting in Ventura saw promising developments, but the agency must be transparent and inclusive of those communities most impacted by their decisions.

From Selma to Ferguson

Although dealing with events of more almost 50 years ago, the film Selma is current. As the old saying goes, “the past is prologue.”

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