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Why has crime plummeted?
Does the stunning increase in educational achievement among young people over the last 20 years explain why nearly every “adolescent risk” (homicide, drug abuse, and violent death) has…
Monterey County residents discuss impact of Proposition 47
On September 10, local elected officials, community leaders, and neighbors in Monterey County’s City of Seaside gathered to learn about the impact of Proposition 47 on state policymaking and…
CJCJ and San Francisco Training Partnership strive to provide a second chance
“When people get out of prison, they are being released into this chaotic city — a city that has greatly transformed in recent years — and it’s a fragile time,” says…
Assembly Select Committee Hears from Youth of Color
Community groups, advocate organizations, and young people of color who compose the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color meet with legislators, discuss policy, and request that community leaders have…
Enough Nonsense on Youthful (In)competence
Pre-judging the individual guilt of the Santa Cruz 15-year-old accused of murdering a child is not just, and judging all 15-year-olds as incompetent is not science.
CJCJ’s Sentencing Service Program keeps youth in juvenile court
When a prosecutor wants to try a youth as an adult, defense attorneys reach out to Nisha Ajmani, program manager for CJCJ’s Sentencing Service Program (SSP) , to keep that youth in the…
California Court Rules Proposition 47 Applies to Youth
This July, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that a San Diego youth was eligible to reclassify his sentence from a felony to misdemeanor under California’s Proposition 47,…
California crime keeps going down in 2014
This month, the Attorney General of California released new data for 2014 showing that crime in the state continued its downward trend.
Does Anyone Have a Solution to Gun Violence?
Gun violence is horrific. Why are we tolerating today’s going-nowhere political debate?
CJCJ clinical case managers set clients on the path to rehabilitation
CJCJ’s juvenile justice services programs utilize intensive supervision and clinical services (ISCS) to address the unique needs of clients and help them reenter their communities.
Like Our Veterans, Justice-Involved Youth are Survivors of Traumatic Violence
Veterans and youth in the justice system have something in common—trauma. California’s juvenile courts should address this trauma through treatment, not incarceration.
A Modest Theory of Why Conservatives Suddenly Champion Criminal Justice Reform
A sudden conversion to religious forgiveness and fiscal prudence on prison budgets? There’s a more plausible reason, one no one is talking about.
Community-Based Leadership of Color is Necessary for Effective Reform
In California, people of color are more strongly represented at every stage of the criminal justice system except in decision-making roles.
How Will California Spend $500 Million for Criminal Justice Facilities?
On June 10th, California's Board of State and Community Corrections will meet to finalize the request for proposals (RFP) for $500 million in adult facility construction funding. These funding…
Two Nations, One Black, One White, Separate and Unequal
So it was said, almost 50 years ago, by the Kerner Commission, in their report on the riots of the 1960s. Their exact words were : “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one…
Why Do We Resist Individualized Justice?
“Demographic determinism” persists even among progressives. It needs to stop.
Disgraceful Rhetoric from Baltimore
Rhetoric blaming youth for destruction in Baltimore reinforces America’s troubling historical narrative against the young and poor.
Former justice-involved youth should be key players in creating policy
Policymakers, law-enforcement, and advocates must include justice-involved youth when making decisions that affect these young people and their communities.
San Francisco's Disproportionate Arrest Rates of African American Women Persist
A new CJCJ fact sheet analyzing data shows the disproportionately high arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco.
CJCJ's legislative priorities for 2015
CJCJ and our allies are working to enact systemic reforms to make California's criminal and juvenile justice systems more humane, fair, and effective. Learn about some of the bills we're supporting.
Books not Bars is Right
A person's education level doesn't just correlate to employment and salary — it's also correlated with a person's likelihood of being murdered.
New Report on Crime Decline Repeats Old Myths
A new report concludes that a drop in the youth population may have contributed to a drop in crime — but the data show the opposite to be true.
When is Enough Punishment Enough?
CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden discusses the case of Michael DiVicino, a California prisoner currently serving his time at the Nevada State Prison in Indian Springs.
BSCC Town Hall in Oakland
Over 300 community members recently gathered in Oakland’s Imani Community Church to hear about a transformative moment in California’s criminal justice system: Proposition 47.
Why Teen Drug Use Surveys Are Meaningless
After California decriminalized marijuana, teenage behaviors improved dramatically. Pay no attention to dubious drug-use surveys, which bear no relationship to any measure of youthful well-being.

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