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Artistic expression, a critical step in healing
Art education has immense benefits in human development, personal growth and as a form of therapy, serving as a much-needed tool in combating the harsh realities of incarceration.
California at a Crossroads: Ending Youth Trauma by Closing Violent DJJ Institutions
As California considers the fate of its juvenile justice system, the Governor, Legislature, and youth advocacy community must push beyond a basic restructuring of the state institutions and resolve…
Grant Opportunities for Youth Diversion, Adult Reentry, and More!
This month, three exciting grant opportunities for community-based programs are accepting applications. CJCJ and partners are working together to ensure these funds are used effectively for the…
San Francisco Strengthens Legal Protections for Youth
The "Jeff Adachi Youth Rights" ordinance is now the strongest law in the country for youth in police custody, setting a precedent for counties across California and the U.S. and emphasizing the…
CJCJ Mourns Passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Champion for Justice
The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice mourns the passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Public Defender.
2018 Next Generation Fellowship Highlights California’s Emerging Justice Leaders
This year, CJCJ and Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement (MILPA) were proud to bring together 15 justice reform leaders for the 2018 fellowship.
Fewer California youth are getting arrested, but those arrested face more consequences
As youth arrests plummet in California, falling 76 percent from 2007-17, the proportion of arrested youth subjected to court action has skyrocketed.
Healing Communities through Restorative Justice
In the Bay Area and beyond, bringing together the community in a constructive way produces better chances for healing people who are most vulnerable and most impacted by the justice system.
High Rates of Incarceration Not Linked to Less Crime
CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males investigates claims that incarceration reduces crimes by taking a deeper look at California's crime and imprisonment trends among various age demographics.
CJCJ's 2018 Year in Review
As 2018 comes to an end, CJCJ reflects on a year filled with dedicated service and community collaboration. We invite you to join us in our continued efforts!
Community-based programming is crucial to support San Francisco youth
Earlier this week, San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer held a Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee hearing on juvenile justice reform, during which CJCJ staff, youth, and partners…
San Francisco police fail to specify charges in nearly 90 percent of youth arrests in 2017
The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) deviates from all other law enforcement agencies in California in two key ways: it fails to properly report Latino statistics, and it fails to specify…
Give the Gift of Community Safety and Wellness
Every day, the CJCJ family of staff and clients works to ensure that our communities are safe and thriving. This #GivingTuesday, we ask for your support to strengthen community-based alternatives to…
SB 439 Becomes Law, Ending the Prosecution of Children Under 12
On September 30 th , Governor Brown signed a historic piece of legislation ending the prosecution of children under 12 in juvenile court.
SB 439 Heads to the Governor's Desk
Senate Bill (SB) 439, a bill co-sponsored by CJCJ and others, passed in the Legislature and is awaiting a signature from the Governor.
Direct File of Youth to Adult Court: Gone and Unlamented as Youth Arrests Fall to All-time Low in 2017
The abolition of direct file in California has resulted in more selective and less political decisions by judges, rather than by prosecutors, to better meet the individualized needs court-involved…
Justice-Involved Voters Bring Critical Voices to Community Decision-Making
With over 6 million people barred from voting on Election Day through felony disenfranchisement policies, their communities are left without the voting power to access resources and address their…
Governor Brown’s Final Budget Delivers Wins and Losses for Youth Justice
In the FY 2018-19 budget, California makes prudent new investments in community-based youth but fails to modernize the state’s juvenile justice data bank and needlessly expands the troubled…
California’s County Jails Show Population Reductions Amid Statewide Prison Reform
Despite initial fears that reductions in prison populations would rebound to counties by increasing jail populations, statewide prison reform now appears to be a model for “jail reform.”
Building Collective Power for a Better Future
Tina Curiel-Allen–a writer, poet, community leader, and Next Generation Fellow–offers a glimpse into her past, the challenges she faced during re-entry, and her hopes for the future.
Leadership through Adversity
Cristian Franco, a youth mentor and community advocate, discusses the power of sharing your story and the ways the Next Generation Fellowship helped as he shaped his own.
Pathways from Youth Prisons to Colleges for Young Adults
Dr. Young-Alfaro's recent study, which follows ten young adults attending college after incarceration, finds college success linked to participation in student-led groups and activism.
From Sitting in Detention to Standing in Culture
2017 Next Generation Fellow, Brayan Pelayo, shares his journey from childhood to community leadership. Brayan works to help transform the justice system into one that provides structural…
Next Generation Fellowship (NGF) Elevates Justice-Involved Leaders
Applications are now open! The second-annual NGF leadership program brings together emerging leaders impacted by justice-involvement to advance racial justice, cultural healing, and policy advocacy.
CJCJ Transitions to a New Home
This spring, CJCJ is excited to announce our move to a new home in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District!

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