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2018-19 Budget Proposal Would Expand California’s Youth Correctional System at a Time of Falling Populations
Governor Brown, in his final budget, has missed an opportunity to bring an end to the failures of DJJ. Now, state leaders must reject a proposed expansion of the facilities and invest, instead, in…
A Tribute to Carole D’Elia
On December 16, 2017, California lost Carole D' Elia, a fine public servant and Executive Director of the Little Hoover Commission. We honor her life, her work, and her legacy.
CJCJ’s Continued Vision for Community Safety in 2018
As we start 2018, CJCJ's staff and programs will remain steadfast in our commitment to change lives, change systems, and change the future.
Support Safe Communities and Healthy Families on #GivingTuesday
Join CJCJ on this national day of generosity to support programs that serve justice-involved youth and adults in our community. Together, we can build safer neighborhoods and a more just society.
SB 190 Becomes Law, Ending Harmful, Unlawful, and Costly Juvenile Justice Fees
California takes the lead in juvenile justice reform, ending the harmful, unlawful, and costly practice of charging fees to families with youth in the system.
CDCR Drafts Prop 57 Regulations that Undercut the Initiative
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was tasked with drafting the regulations governing Prop 57’s nonviolent parole process and earned credit expansion. Unfortunately,…
CJCJ congratulates Terence Baugh, our new Director of Behavioral Health!
Terence’s lived experiences allow him to relate to the youth he serves. Now, he is leading a team of credible, trusted, and nurturing behavioral health staff, dedicated to supporting young…
Justice for All: Senate Bill 190
Senate Bill (SB) 190, which has passed the California Senate, aims to address the inequity of burdensome administrative fees levied against justice-involved youth and their families.
“Next Generation” of Justice Policy Leaders Gather and Mobilize in Sacramento
CJCJ and MILPA co-facilitated a two-day leadership and policy advocacy training for justice involved and formerly incarcerated individuals from across California.
CJCJ is hiring!
Are you passionate about criminal and juvenile justice issues? Do you want to work directly with justice-involved young people? Apply now to join our team!
Not Without Scars: The Story of Shirley LaMarr
San Francisco author Jim Dekker tells Cameo House Director Shirley LaMarr's story of s urvival after addiction and poverty, and what is possible with investment in people rather than incarceration.
Gun Politics Kills People
Declines in gun violence in three large, urban states with very different gun control regimes are being ignored because they challenge entrenched political agendas.
Help Abolish Regressive Juvenile Justice Fees in California
Juvenile administrative fees harm youth and families and undermine the rehabilitative intent of the juvenile justice system. A team of lawmakers, advocates, and researchers is working to bring an end…
California Must Better Protect the Health and Safety of Youth in Juvenile Halls
Right now, California is deciding how, and in some cases whether , to afford basic protections for youth confined in county juvenile halls and camps.
Weakening Prop 57 Reinforces Mass Incarceration
New legislation seeks to limit eligibility for Prop 57 reforms, thereby failing to address the root causes of mass incarceration and how we treat those who have committed violent crimes.
2017 Bills Could Limit Juvenile Shackling, Repeal Sentencing Enhancements, and More
This legislative session, CJCJ is co-sponsoring two justice reform bills and supporting others that seek to reduce California's reliance on incarceration.
"Free Our Dreams" and "Quest for Democracy" Highlight California’s Path to Justice Reform
On May 8th, groups from across California will come together in Sacramento to highlight the need for transformative justice policy reform that is strongly informed by the most impacted communities.
Returning to Reentry
Collaborative courts connect clients with needed services and emphasize rehabilitation over punishment.
CJCJ Co-sponsored Bills Clear Senate Policy Committees
On April 4 th , SB 190 and SB 439 passed Senate policy committees after strong testimony from legislators and advocates, and broad public support.
CJCJ Co-sponsors Legislation to Reform the Juvenile Justice System
CJCJ is co-sponoring two bills in the California legislature this year that would lessen the impact of the juvenile justice system on youth and their families.
Sentencing Reform in California
CJCJ's executive director, Daniel Macallair, testified before the California Legislature on the need for increased uniformity in county implementation of sentencing laws to reduce mass incarceration.
CJCJ's Cameo House Celebrates International Women's Day
This International Women's Day, CJCJ's Cameo House could not imagine "A Day Without a Woman."
Trump's distortions of crime, violence, drugs and youth
Trump’s address reveals dangerous misconceptions. Drugs and crime in America have virtually nothing to do with immigrants, foreigners, or youth.
“Teen Brain” Non-Science Debunked
Recent scientific reviews have debunked neurological studies which found youth to be more crime prone, but statistical realities showing dramatic drops in youth crime were demolishing such claims for…
Prop 57 Alliance Celebrates Success and Looks to the Future
The California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice, a coalition of youth justice organizations, gathered to celebrate the successful passage of Proposition 57 and to plan for the future.

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