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Apartheid Schooling
Senior Researcher Randy Shelden discusses wealth and income inequality in this CJCJ blog.
Challenging Biases Against Economic Justice and Respectful Treatment of Youth
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
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
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
CJCJ's response to Governor Jerry Brown's FY 2014-15 Budget May Revision.
State Committee Recommends a Need for Data and Accountability
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
Bills authored in response to specific events are well-meaning but will rarely result in good public policy.
Building a New Juvenile Justice System
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
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
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
CJCJ's Katrina Han discusses the need for thoughtful and deliberate juvenile justice intervention strategies.
A Survey of Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California
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
Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson shows once again how statistics are misused to justify prejudicial policing
Missouri's Innovative Concept Academy: One Powerful Idea
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
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
Sheriff Mirkarimi discusses his plans to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in San Francisco.
Asm. Ammiano: “We can’t punish them into success”
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
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 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
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
“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”
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
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"?
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
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…

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