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Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting May 8, 2014

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

Monterey County Juvenile Hall Needs Assessment: A Preliminary Analysis

The purpose of this preliminary analysis is to examine current crime, confinement, and population trends within a larger historical context to estimate the county’s future juvenile detention needs.

Positive Efforts Toward Decreasing California's Pretrial Population

Unsentenced individuals comprise over 60% of California's statewide jail population. Therefore, decreasing the number of people detained pretrial can alleviate unnecessary use of jail beds and improve overall public safety outcomes.

CJCJ Statement on the Governor’s Budget May Revision for FY 2014-15

CJCJ's response to Governor Jerry Brown's FY 2014-15 Budget May Revision.

State Committee Recommends a Need for Data and Accountability

On Thursday, May 8, California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) heard a series of presentations from its Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC) around data, education, and disproportionate minority contact or confinement in the juvenile justice system.

Named legislation rarely protects the public

Bills authored in response to specific events are well-meaning but will rarely result in good public policy.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting March 13, 2014

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

CJCJ in the news: Valley community leaders come to Fresno to learn about Night Walk

The Fresno Bee references CJCJ's analysis of Fresno's zip codes and homicide rates.

Forgotten Voices: Oakland's youth call for no more violence

CURYJ, the Pacific Institute, and CJCJ partner to highlight the negative impact of policing on youth and alternative approaches that promote stronger, healthier, and safer communities.

April Newsletter: Progress on Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's April 2014 Newsletter

Fresno County: Adult Arrests and Incarceration

This analysis utilizes official statewide data sources to examine Fresno County’s state and local incarceration trends in comparison to the statewide average. 

Building a New Juvenile Justice System

The Board of State and Community Corrections is responsible for allocating $80 million dollars in juvenile facility construction funding. It is time to use this fiscal allocation differently and change the shape of California's juvenile justice system.

California bill looks to send more youth to adult prison

SB 838 could dramatically increase the number of youth tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system. CJCJ strongly opposes this bill because it fails to deter crime, denies young people opportunities for education and rehabilitation, and threatens public safety.

OP-ED: Leaving the Past Behind: Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's Antonia Cartwright discusses the positive impact of sealing juvenile records in a recent Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Op-ed.

To Seal or Not To Seal – California Taking a Progressive Approach to Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's Gabrielle Marchand analyzes recent legislation for California's justice-involved youth, which provides them with a clean slate and ample opportunities for future success

Why not a war on child poverty?

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males is featured in Reuters discussing youth crime and poverty.

New Lenses for Positive Change

CJCJ's Katrina Han discusses the need for thoughtful and deliberate juvenile justice intervention strategies.

CJCJ in the news: Probation Reports: What we can learn from the 'most important' documents in the criminal justice system

The North Coast Journal explores the importance about pre-sentence investigation reports.  Execuvite Director, Daniel Macallair, discusses this in detail in the article.

A Survey of Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California

Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional juvenile justice legislation that is worthy of recognition and support.

CJCJ in the news: Racial Disparity in Juvenile Facilities Increased as Overall Incarceration Plummeted, Report Says

CJCJ's Executive Director Dan Macallair highlights the need for local community-based service organizations.  

Why Statistical Bigotry Is Just Bigotry, Round 2

Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson shows once again how statistics are misused to justify prejudicial policing

Missouri's Innovative Concept Academy: One Powerful Idea

The Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis City, Missouri shows how one powerful idea can come to life when you are willing to think outside the box and challenge the status quo.

March Newsletter: CJCJ Partnership Wins Good Governance Award

CJCJ's March Newsletter

Kicked Out of School for Not Being “Feminine” Enough

Girls growing up face hurdles concerning gender identity and this bears directly to what they face upon entering the juvenile justice system.

Justice Policy Journal – Volume 11, Number 1 – Spring 2014

Articles on the nexus between immigration and criminal justice, disproportionate justice-involvement among the American Indian population, and modern developments in prison architecture and design.

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