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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.
Kids for Cash
- Randall G. Shelden, Feb 26, 2014
- Senior Research Fellow Randy Shelden revisits his previous examination of the perils of privatization of youth prisons and detention centers.
The Negative Impact of Solitary Confinement on Youth
- Kate McCracken, Feb 25, 2014
- “Punitive segregation” and “therapeutic modules” describe interventions correctional facility staff use on confined youth. These interventions might sound innocuous, but what…
Inflamed Rhetoric, Senseless Killings, Light Verdicts: Grownups, “Stand Your Ground”
- Mike Males, Feb 24, 2014
- Senior Research Fellow Mike Males examines myths related to youth crime in light of the Michael Dunn verdict.
Back to work: San Francisco reduces unfair barriers to employment
- Selena Teji, Feb 20, 2014
- Earlier this month, San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to implement a Fair Chance Ordinance promoting fair hiring policies among both public and private employers.
Is "Child Prostitution" the Real "Epidemic"?
- Mike Males, Feb 18, 2014
- There are much larger, unmentioned "epidemics" behind what we call "child prostititution" authorities and media splashes are refusing to confront
Millions of new dollars to fight Chicago "youth violence" -- but no new ideas
- Mike Males, Feb 12, 2014
- The new Get In Chicago partnership is raising tens of millions of dollars to "tackle juvenile violence" and wants "fresh approaches." Our first suggestion: stop tackling "juvenile violence" and start…
Only Certain Young Victims Matter
- Mike Males, Feb 11, 2014
- Americans fixate on the 5% of killings that involve youthful gunmen and/or mass shooters and ignore the other 95%. Unfortunately, we largely dismiss the 99% of rapes that do not involve young…
How to Address Pain for Life
- Kate McCracken, Feb 4, 2014
- Restorative practices are essential to improving the framework of our justice system. This new lens values the connection between the victim, offender, and the community. It allows for meaningful…
DJF Update: Need for authentic, integrated reform
- Emily Luhrs, Jan 30, 2014
- California’s youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF), commonly referred to as DJJ, is entering its tenth year under a consent decree to reform its practices to…
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