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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. 

Who's Threatening Murrieta's "Safety"?

A California city's mayor and shouting protestors claim 140 Latino women and child immigrants threaten their town's "safety." The city's own crime statistics suggest otherwise. 

Cracking the Racial Disparity for Cocaine Sentencing

By equalizing treatment and punishment for crack and powder cocaine, Sen. Mitchell's SB 1010 recognizes drug abuse as a health issue and promotes racial equality.

CJCJ in the news: Revolving justice: SF agencies tackle recidivism

San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter highlights the LEAP program, which CJCJ operates in partnership with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. 

CJCJ in the news: Committee backs "Audrie's Law" after provision removed

Under pressure from CJCJ and other youth advocates, controversial bill removes "mandatory minimum sentencing" provision.

CJCJ in the news: Unique SF program aims to keep troubled kids in school

CJCJ operates the LEAP program in partnership with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office to help young people obtain educational success.

Public Involvement in Politics Does Matter

CJCJ Post-Graduate Fellow Courtney Lam reflects on last week's Assembly Public Safety Committee in Sacramento.

Debtor’s Prisons, Part II

Senior Research Fellow explores the concept of the debtor's prison in this CJCJ blog.

CJCJ in the news: Audrie's Law goes too far, some legislators insist

SB 838 would create mandatory minimums for youth in the justice justice system. CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen explains this is a "step backward."

An American Gun Death Every 16 Minutes in 2011

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males: But no one likes to talk about who's dying from guns, or how.

CJCJ in the news: Talk 910 KKSF AM with Gil Gross

Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, is featured on the Gil Gross show to discuss the negative impact of mandatory minimums on California's youth. 

CJCJ in the news: Assembly Public Safety Committee postpones vote on "Audrie's Law"

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen comments on the dangers of SB 838, which would establish the first mandatory minimum sentence in California's juvenile justice system.

CJCJ in the news: Bay Area mother of teen suicide victim urges passage of tough new law on juvenile sex offenders

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses the negative impact of mandatory minimums for youth in the Contra Costa Times.

CJCJ in the news: California lawmakers delay vote on Audrie's Law

CJCJ Board member Patti Lee, of San Francisco's Public Defender's Office, says establishing mandatory minimums for California's youth is a "grave mistake."

CJCJ in the news: Teen rape law vote delayed in Legislature

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen highlights the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's youth in the San Jose Mercury News.

Remembering John Vasconcellos

With the death of former State Senator John Vasconcellos on May 29, the California criminal justice reform community lost one of its great champions. Vasco, as he was affectionately known, was one of those rare elected officials whose commitment to justice never wavered. 

OP-ED: Keep Mandatory Minimums Out of the Juvenile Justice System

Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, discusses the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's juvenile justice system in a recent Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Op-ed.

Scared of Gun Violence? Run INTO a School!*

School and college campuses account for 5 out of every 10,000 shootings in the United States, but occupy 90% of our discussion of gun violence.

Keep mandatory minimums out of the juvenile justice system

SB 838 would establish the first mandatory minimum sentences in California's juvenile justice system. These sentences are punitive, reject the notion of rehabilitation, and do not prevent crime. Help us stop this bill from becoming law!

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