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Congregate Care Facilities are a Thing of the Past
- Kate McCracken, Sep 17, 2013
- Photographer Richard Ross documents youth correctional facilities across the nation. This blogs explores why these facilities are an outdated approach to juvenile justice.
California Poised to Adopt Necessary Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reforms
- Brian Goldstein, Sep 12, 2013
- Both the legislature and Governor Brown are currently reviewing a wide range of juvenile and criminal justice policies that will have a long-term impact on the state. Here's a breakdown of key bills.
Easing California’s Prison Crisis via Private Prisons is a Bad Idea
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., Sep 10, 2013
- Private prisons are not the answer to California's prison overcrowding crisis.
Is there an end in sight to the War on Drugs?
- Selena Teji, Sep 5, 2013
- As so many drug-related reforms move forward, there is still a need for a comprehensive examination of how drug policy is implemented locally.
Some Promising Programs for Girls in Trouble
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., Sep 3, 2013
- In my previous blog I noted that successful programs for girls in the juvenile justice system were rare. In this blog I will highlight a few examples of recently developed programs that show great…
California’s Sentencing Quagmire: Is a Commission the Solution?
- Kate McCracken, Aug 29, 2013
- A statewide Sentencing Commission could initiate much needed sentencing reform and end the prison crisis in the long-term.
CJCJ opposes governor's $315 million prison fix
- Aug 28, 2013
- Expensive short-term custodial solutions will not solve California's prison crisis and does not serve public safety interests.
Four ways to better manage jail bed space
- Kate McCracken, Aug 27, 2013
- Under Realignment some counties , in which the local justice systems rely heavily on incarceration, are putting extra pressure on their sheriffs to manage their burgeoning jail populations safely. A…
Programs for Girls in Juvenile Justice
- Randall G. Shelden, Aug 22, 2013
- Despite years of research showing that girls require a special kind of programming, here remains a lack of innovative, effective programs for girls in trouble.
Guns, a Reign of Terror, Part II
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., Aug 21, 2013
- This is a continuation of my previous blog on a book by Tom Diaz called "The Last Gun."
The Unnecessary Detention of Undocumented Youth
- Selena Teji, Aug 20, 2013
- The intersection of the immigration and juvenile justice systems hampers reform efforts and denies appropriate treatment to undocumented youth.
Guns: a Reign of Terror
- Randall G. Shelden, Aug 15, 2013
- In his latest book, Tom Diaz , a former gun enthusiast and an ex-member of the National Rifle Association, the first chapter is appropriately called “A Reign of Terror.” How true this…
Why the Gigantic, Decades-Long Drop in Black Youth Crime Threatens Major Interests
- Mike Males, Aug 15, 2013
- How can such an encouraging development as a massive drop in youth crime be treated as such bad news that no one will even talk about it? It's worse than that: politicians, crime lobbies, and the…
Mr. President (and Bill O’Reilly): How Did Trayvon Martin “Mess Up”?
- Mike Males, Aug 12, 2013
- 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?
- Selena Teji, Aug 8, 2013
- Another change in management at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility casts doubt on reform success.
The Impact of Non-Criminal Immigrant Detentions in California
- Brian Goldstein, Aug 6, 2013
- 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
- Annalee Neukam, Aug 1, 2013
- 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
- Kate McCracken, Jul 30, 2013
- 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
- Brian Goldstein, Jul 25, 2013
- 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
- Selena Teji, Jul 23, 2013
- 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
- Brian Goldstein, Jul 18, 2013
- 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
- Kate McCracken, Jul 16, 2013
- 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
- Annalee Neukam, Jul 11, 2013
- 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
- Selena Teji, Jul 9, 2013
- 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
- Shanthi Rajagopalan, Jul 2, 2013
- 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.
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