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Post-Prop 57, California Considers the Lasting Harm of Youth Incarceration
With Prop 57, Californians have voted to curb the treatment of youth as adults. Now we must reimagine the treatment of those who remain in the juvenile system.
CJCJ’s Continued Promise of Service
One week after Election Day, CJCJ remains as committed to criminal justice reform as we were at our founding.
Election 2016: A summary of four statewide criminal justice initiatives
This Election Day, California voters have the opportunity to make significant changes to the state’s juvenile and criminal justice system.
A “Yes” on Prop 57 Will End Direct File
Prop 57 strips prosecutors of the power to send youth directly to adult criminal court, returning full discretion to impartial juvenile court judges.
Juvenile and Criminal Justice Bills Clear the California Legislature
Advocates celebrate the successful passage of several key bills and call on Governor Brown to sign them into law.
California Youth Raise Their Voices “Strong and Loud”
On August 8th , hundreds of youth from across California gathered in Sacramento for the annual Free Our Dreams Organizing Summit and Advocacy Day.
In Honor of Change-Maker, Juidell Preston
CJCJ honors our friend and caring leader, Juidell Preston, who passed away on August 6, 2016.
California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 2)
The bail bonds industry has a long history of aggravating racial and socio-economic disparities, and engaging in blatant corruption.
California’s Bail System: Reform or Abolish? (Part 1)
The money bail system was designed to ensure that people charged with an offense return to court for trial. In practice, however, it rewards those who can afford to pay and punishes those who cannot.
California Sentencing Institute now shows county trends for 2009-2014
CJCJ's interactive map now shows 6-year trends for county criminal and juvenile justice practices and statewide disparities
Ban the Box: Helpful or Harmful?
A new study reveals an unintended consequence of Ban the Box legislation. How does this impact job seekers?
California legislature hears pros and cons of statewide sentencing reform
Criminal and juvenile justice reform advocates testified in support of Governor Brown's ballot initiative Proposition 57, which would roll back disastrous, pro-mass incarceration policy.
The California Legislature Approves Additional $270 Million for Jail Construction
On June 15, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 844, creating yet another allocation for local criminal justice facility construction.
Crime and Violence by San Francisco Youth Plunges 80 percent in Last 20 Years
But strangely, youth entering the system are twice as likely to be incarcerated today.
Harnessing County Level Prop 47 Savings
Prop 47 cost savings are not being fully realized at the county level. County officials and community groups must act to ensure these savings are reinvested into community-based programs.
A Special Goodbye
Ten-year-old Eva was sad and upset — after six years of visiting her dad weekly in jail, everything was changing. Her father was going to prison.
Informed Policymaking Begins with Data Collection
Recently proposed legislation would expand the California Department of Justice’s data collection apparatus and propel justice system reform.
California Must Prioritize In-Person Visits
California’s county jails are exacerbating the collateral consequences of incarceration by adopting "video visitation" instead of allowing family members and children to visit in person.
Should Young People Be Banished from Public?
It’s for their own protection, leaders say, claiming “studies” show youth-control laws “prevent crime” and “save lives.” But do they? A critique of recent…
Young Adult Prisons Are Not the Answer
A proposal by the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation defies best practices and fails to heed the lessons of history.
Senate subcommittee votes to improve Prop. 47 funding process
The state legislature hears concerns about the unequal representation of communities most impacted by criminal justice policy.
The Dark Side of “Brain Science”: Manufacturing Teenage Crime
Governor Brown should veto the “smoking age” bill. Like other useless “status offenses,” it will contribute to thousands more arrests and higher unemployment among young…
California Must Reform Its Gang Sentencing Laws
Sentencing enhancements intended to deter gang activity are overly punitive, conflict with the juvenile justice system’s mission, and have a disproportionate impact on young people of color.
$250 Million Proposed for Jail Construction Raises Questions from the Legislature
The California Assembly Committee questions the need for an additional $250 Million in local adult facility construction funding.
Spotlight on New Juvenile and Criminal Justice Legislation
Newly proposed legislation would preserve access to in-person visitation, strengthen juvenile data collection, and involve law enforcement officers in diversion.

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