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Remembering John Vasconcellos
- Dan Macallair, Jun 17, 2014
- 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!*
- Mike Males, Jun 16, 2014
- 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
- Kate McCracken, Jun 10, 2014
- 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
- Mike Males, Jun 6, 2014
- 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
- Mike Males, Jun 4, 2014
- 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
- Antonia Cartwright, Jun 3, 2014
- 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…
- Randall Shelden, May 29, 2014
- Senior Researcher Randy Shelden discusses wealth and income inequality in this CJCJ blog.
Challenging Biases Against Economic Justice and Respectful Treatment of Youth
- Mike Males, May 28, 2014
- 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
- Brian Goldstein, May 27, 2014
- 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
- Courtney Lam, May 20, 2014
- 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…
CJCJ Statement on the Governor’s Budget May Revision for FY 2014-15
- Brian Goldstein, May 14, 2014
- CJCJ's response to Governor Jerry Brown's FY 2014-15 Budget May Revision.
State Committee Recommends a Need for Data and Accountability
- Brian Goldstein, May 13, 2014
- On Thursday, May 8, California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) heard a series of presentations from its Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC) around data, education, and…
Named legislation rarely protects the public
- Lizzie Buchen, May 6, 2014
- Bills authored in response to specific events are well-meaning but will rarely result in good public policy.
Building a New Juvenile Justice System
- Kate McCracken, Apr 29, 2014
- The Board of State and Community Corrections is responsible for allocating $80 million dollars in juvenile facility construction funding. It is time to use this fiscal allocation differently and…
California bill looks to send more youth to adult prison
- Lizzie Buchen, Apr 25, 2014
- SB 838 could dramatically increase the number of youth tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system. CJCJ strongly opposes this bill because it fails to deter crime, denies young people…
To Seal or Not To Seal – California Taking a Progressive Approach to Sealing Juvenile Records
- Gabrielle Marchand, Apr 22, 2014
- CJCJ's Gabrielle Marchand analyzes recent legislation for California's justice-involved youth, which provides them with a clean slate and ample opportunities for future success
New Lenses for Positive Change
- Katrina Han, Apr 15, 2014
- CJCJ's Katrina Han discusses the need for thoughtful and deliberate juvenile justice intervention strategies.
A Survey of Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California
- Brian Goldstein, Apr 8, 2014
- Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional…
Why Statistical Bigotry Is Just Bigotry, Round 2
- Mike Males, Apr 2, 2014
- Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson shows once again how statistics are misused to justify prejudicial policing
Missouri's Innovative Concept Academy: One Powerful Idea
- Kate McCracken, Apr 1, 2014
- The Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis City, Missouri shows how one powerful idea can come to life when you are willing to think outside the box and challenge the status quo.
Kicked Out of School for Not Being “Feminine” Enough
- Randall G. Shelden, Mar 29, 2014
- Girls growing up face hurdles concerning gender identity and this bears directly to what they face upon entering the juvenile justice system.
San Francisco’s Sheriff implements Obamacare
- Selena Teji, Mar 25, 2014
- Sheriff Mirkarimi discusses his plans to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in San Francisco.
Asm. Ammiano: “We can’t punish them into success”
- Kate McCracken, Mar 18, 2014
- Today, the state Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment held a hearing on juvenile justice reform. The experts unanimously emphasized data collection and use in decision making.
Two Roadmaps for Reform
- Brian Goldstein, Mar 11, 2014
- California’s 2014 legislative session has started and policymakers are considering ways to develop comprehensive public safety policy. Recent reports by the Legislative Analysts Office and…
President Obama to Youth of Color: You’re on Your Own
- Mike Males, Mar 4, 2014
- Mike Males critiques the President's new My Brother's Keeper initiative, asking why the federal government is not investing in measures to reduce youth poverty.
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