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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…
What Goes Around, Comes Around
- Randall G. Shelden, Jan 30, 2014
- Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden reflects on historic training schools as many bodies are found at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida.
You mentor, discover, and inspire us!
- Selena Teji, Jan 28, 2014
- A big thank you to all of our generous donors this holiday season. You reached above and beyond to help us provide gifts for our Juvenile Justice Services youth, and we want to honor your kindness…
The White House Should Quit Grandstanding and Confront Serious Realities About Rape
- Mike Males, Jan 24, 2014
- Rape and sexual assault are too devastating for the kind of superficial exploitation the Obama adminstration, leading interests, and the press display.
CNN, “Experts” Reiterate the Press’s Ethic: It’s OK to Lie about Kids
- Mike A. Males, Jan 23, 2014
- Why do the media erroneously create and publicize misperceptions about the moral development of teens, rather than correct them?
Being a Young African American Basketball Player is Dangerous to Your Health
- Randall G. Shelden, Jan 19, 2014
- They were walking this time. But I guess it does not matter whether you are standing still, walking or just sitting. If you are a young African American man living in an urban area, you are fair game…
CJCJ Statement on Governor Brown’s FY 14-15 Budget Proposal
- Brian Goldstein, Jan 14, 2014
- On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed FY 2014-15 Budget for California . CJCJ applauds the Governor’s willingness to adopt some of the systemic changes…
California Set to Begin Policymaking in 2014
- Brian Goldstein, Jan 7, 2014
- This month California’s policymakers will return to Sacramento and begin addressing some of the state’s pressing justice issues. The public and stakeholders alike should use these…
Bringing the holidays into the jails
- Dinky Manek Enty, Jan 2, 2014
- The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice partnered to bring the holiday spirit into the San Francisco County Jails.
A New Year and New Opportunity for Policy Reform in California
- Brian Goldstein, Dec 31, 2013
- In 2014, community advocates and state policymakers should work together to continue focus on three policy areas and develop solutions that reflect the experiences of California’s most…
Planning for the future of justice-involved youth
- Kate McCracken, Dec 26, 2013
- Dispositional case planning is the heart of juvenile probation services. It is the art of crafting a case plan presented to the Judge describing the recommended provision of services for the…
New laws to help Californians clean up their records
- Selena Teji, Dec 19, 2013
- Two bills passed this year will help Californians with criminal histories reduce their barriers to employment and housing in 2014.
Using Community-Based Alternatives to Best Address Status Offenses
- Brian Goldstein, Dec 17, 2013
- What is the best way to address the challenges of youth who break curfew, skip school, or runaway from home? Local justice leaders and policymakers would be wise to support cost-effective and…
Providing hope and kindness to our children this winter
- Selena Teji, Dec 12, 2013
- CJCJ is very fortunate to work with extraordinary organizations that are committed to providing comfort and compassion to society’s most vulnerable members. Meet the Family Giving Tree.
California to Decide on $500 Million Jail Construction
- Brian Goldstein, Dec 10, 2013
- On December 4-5, 2013, representatives from 36 counties came to Sacramento and made their case to receive jail construction funding available through Assembly Bill (AB) 1022 . With this legislation,…
Standing while black
- Randall G. Shelden, Dec 5, 2013
- Some have claimed the “end of racism” in this country. The most recent claim comes from the Republican Party.
Legalizing Marijuana in California: Considerations for youth and beyond
- Caitlin Chappelle, Dec 3, 2013
- California’s next step in drug policy reform needs to be towards nondiscriminatory legalization of medical and recreational marijuana with funding mechanisms to prevent drug abuse. Design…
Another Round of "Knockout Game" Idiocy
- Mike A. Males, Nov 26, 2013
- Many reporters and experts seem sadistically bent on creating fear in an aging population by manufacturing endless teen-violence panics
What’s the deal with data?
- Kate McCracken, Nov 21, 2013
- In a post-Realignment California, criminal and juvenile justice professionals and advocates require accessible data resources in order to develop state and local policies. Everyone agrees reliable…
Big Government Must Embrace Big Data
- Brian Goldstein, Nov 19, 2013
- California is the tech center of the world, filled with a richness of technical expertise and innovation. The state now needs political leadership to develop policy that leverages these elements to…
Sealing Juvenile Records: A Good First Step to Successful Reentry
- Daniel Ochoa, Nov 14, 2013
- Even for adults who are on track for successful reentry, a juvenile adjudication can still create many barriers to success. Sealing a juvenile record is one remedy that could provide valuable relief…
The Storm Has Arrived: Veterans in the Criminal Justice System
- Randall G. Shelden, Nov 12, 2013
- November 11th has been set aside to honor those who have served their country in the various branches of the military rarely a population that is recognized is the veterans sitting in jails and…
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