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Violence Prevention has a New Champion
After seven amazing years of dedicated work, Kate McCracken, CJCJ’s Director of Policy and Development, will be moving her efforts into a specific violence prevention role as a Senior Planner…
After Realignment: A need for proportional sentencing and treatment programs
In a post-Realignment era, enacting sentences proportional to crimes and treatment programs are the next step in addressing concerns about increasing jail populations and public safety.
Is California Finally Figuring Out Drugs?
"No state has embraced both illegal drugs and the official wars thereon like California," writes Mike Males. After a roller coaster half-century, the state may finally be on its way to good drug…
Clearing the Path Ahead: One Step Towards Improving Reentry in California
California recently lifted the ban on access to welfare for people with felony drug convictions. Though a strong step in the right direction, many obstacles remain for this vulnerable population.
California's Radical Youth Trends
Huge reductions in youth incarceration, huge increases in populations of youth of color — and huge reductions in youth crime. Who knew?
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Harm Reduction: A Hard Pill to Swallow
San Francisco Sentencing Commissioner, Kate McCracken, reflects upon a recent visit to Seattle, Washington to learn more about the LEAD program, a police operated pre-arrest diversion program.
“Demographic Scapegoating”: How Leaders and Interests Profit from Social Crises
While invoking tones of concern and inclusion, American leaders exploit social problems to flatter powerful older constituencies by stigmatizing young people
New Complications Challenge No-Complications-Allowed Gun Debate
A gun-control lobby's incisive report disputes mass-shooting dogmas. A woman-hating shooter's rampage defies popular answers. Yet, America's gun policy debate remains rooted in ancient prejudices.
An Opportunity for Juvenile Justice Innovation in California
Counties currently seeking state funding have both immense responsibility to ensure continued best practices, and the valuable opportunity to build bridges between justice-involved youth and the…
Apartheid Schooling
Senior Researcher Randy Shelden discusses wealth and income inequality in this CJCJ blog.
Challenging Biases Against Economic Justice and Respectful Treatment of Youth
Economic justice and respectful treatment for young people in policy and discussion forums are both a moral imperative and epitomize the best of "what works" in criminal justice. I feel the Juvenile…
A Quest for Democracy in Sacramento
On May 19, over 200 individuals came to the capitol as part of the second annual Formerly Incarcerated People’s Quest for Democracy.
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…

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