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Mr. President (and Bill O’Reilly): How Did Trayvon Martin “Mess Up”?
Statistical bigotry is just bigotry. Though selectively applied to create fear toward young black men, it can be used to stigmatize any group in society, as illustrated here.
Cynthia Brown assumes leadership role at Ventura, but for how long?
Another change in management at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility casts doubt on reform success.
The Impact of Non-Criminal Immigrant Detentions in California
According to a new CJCJ report, California’s counties have spent significant resources and jail capacity, often at their own expense, to detain suspected undocumented immigrants who do not have…
Exclusion from the ACA heightens punishments for undocumented immigrants
While the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an exciting step in our society’s health care reform, its exclusion of undocumented immigrants will only further highlight the…
SF Commission Explores What Works: Examining a Collaborative Diversion Program
Local model practices exist throughout the nation and there is substantial empirical research available to interested parties who seek to re-think their approach to juvenile and criminal justice.…
“Orange is the New Black” Offers Unique Perspective on Prison System
A new original series, Orange is the New Black, has received attention because the show provides a powerful look at our criminal justice system and life in prison. Hopefully this can facilitate a…
San Francisco’s reentry pod prepares people for successful release
San Francisco's unique reentry pod in Jail #2 serves men returning from state prison, prior to and during their release into the community.
The Color-Line in American Criminal Justice
W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared in his 1903 work, On the Souls of Black Folk , “for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”. Issues of race remain highly…
Little Hoover Commission recommends use of risk/needs assessment in jails
Realignment has elevated concern regarding the intersection of the bail industry and California’s un-sentenced jail population. Many advocates have expressed concern that a significant number…
Hope for a healthier criminal justice system
With the implementation of the United States' first national health care system quickly approaching , the Affodable Care Act's effects will soon be seen throughout the country.
SF department website connects community to needed resources
San Francisco's Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF) collaborates with local organizations to improve the lives of youth and their families.
A Closer Look at the Aging Prison Population
The number of aging state and federal inmates is rising. Between 1981 and 2010, the number of inmates age 55 and older increased from 8,853 to 124,900.
CA Forward Forum Discusses Split Sentencing in California
Despite their given benefits, what could explain California's disparity in split sentencing and how can counties work to increase their use?
Innovation in a Land of Justice by Geography
In an era of Realignment a model program is born, San Francisco's Adult Probation Department in partnership with a variety of community-based organizations celebrates the opening of the new Community…
SB 649’s “Wobbler” Option Creates Flexibility for Certain Drug Offenders
SB 649, authored by State Senator Mark Leno, pursues a similar approach to Realignment by recognizing that people convicted of simple drug possession, as well as the overall community, will not…
Nigeria’s evolving juvenile justice system
An article by Iyabode Ogunniran discussing the evolution of juvenile justice in Nigeria was released in the Spring 2013 edition of the Justice Policy Journal today.
California Assembly Holds Hearing on Building Safe and Successful Schools
On Wednesday, June 12th, the California State Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color brought together policymakers, grassroots advocates, youth, educators, and concerned…
Racial disparities in arrest practices merit closer attention
Nationally, African Americans are 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate, according to a new report.
Race and the Drug War
As so many have noted time and again, young black males have received the brunt of the “war on drugs.”
Raising Victims' Voices
Common wisdom says crime victims favor harsh and punitive criminal justice policies. A new survey of victims shows otherwise.
Legislative update: proposed California criminal justice policy, June 2013
The California state legislature just completed a pivotal phase in the legislative process. CJCJ reviews key criminal justice policies currently under consideration.
AB 915: A continued vision for juvenile justice reform in California
Unfortunately, AB 915 did not make it off the Assembly Appropriations suspense file on Friday, May 24. This ends the current legislative path for the bill, but its legacy and vision remain…
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part III
This is the third in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
Merging BSCC leadership roles limits opportunities for reform
On May 15, 2013, Governor Brown submitted a budget trailer bill that makes concerning changes to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).
Brown’s revised budget discriminates against the mentally ill
Brown's budget revives a killed bill that requires state parole, rather than community supervision, for certain people who have suffered from mental illness.

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