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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.
Increasing Public Engagement with California's BSCC
The February 12 BSCC Board meeting in Ventura saw promising developments, but the agency must be transparent and inclusive of those communities most impacted by their decisions.
From Selma to Ferguson
Although dealing with events of more almost 50 years ago, the film Selma is current. As the old saying goes, “the past is prologue.”
California’s opportunity to move beyond prison-like facilities for youth
The punitive prison-like facilities that dominate juvenile corrections are clearly not working. California should use new funding stream to create nurturing, rehabilitative environments.
Brown’s budget misses opportunity to shrink prison system
Despite the lowest crime rate in decades, and recent and potential reductions in the prison population, Brown continues to up prison spending and expand capacity.
Legal marijuana did not lead to increase in deadly “driving while stoned”
Colorado and Washington saw a drop in fatal car accidents involving marijuana, but still fail to produce sufficient data to track reforms.
California Must Prioritize Pretrial Services Before Expansion of Adult Facilities
After California’s legislature approved $500 million dollars in construction funding to local adult criminal justice facilities, the state is now in a position to determine what type of…
Killing by California Law Enforcement: It Is What You Think (Part II)
Those most at risk of being killed by officers (rates 2.5 to 20 times the state average): Native Americans ages 20-44; African Americans ages 15-49 and 65-69; Latinos ages 20-34.
Killing by Law Enforcement in California: It’s Not What You Think (Part I)
The deadliest cities: (1) Eureka, (2) Desert Hot Springs, (3) Vista, (4) Perris, (5) San Bernardino, (6) Moreno Valley, (7) Hemet, (8) Compton, (9) Inglewood, (10) Indio
As more lifers are released from prison...not much happens
Brown has allowed more people convicted of homicide to parole than have the past four governors combined. That's a good thing — but not good enough.
"Young black men" is not a metaphor for violence
The failures of local authorities to hold police accountable for killing unarmed black men deserve angry condemnation -- not more stereotyping.

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