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California Assembly Holds Hearing on Building Safe and Successful Schools
- Brian Goldstein, Jun 17, 2013
- On Wednesday, June 12th, the California State Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color brought together policymakers, grassroots advocates, youth, educators, and concerned…
Racial disparities in arrest practices merit closer attention
- Selena Teji, Jun 11, 2013
- Nationally, African Americans are 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate, according to a new report.
Race and the Drug War
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., Jun 8, 2013
- As so many have noted time and again, young black males have received the brunt of the “war on drugs.”
Raising Victims' Voices
- Lizzie Buchen, Jun 6, 2013
- Common wisdom says crime victims favor harsh and punitive criminal justice policies. A new survey of victims shows otherwise.
Legislative update: proposed California criminal justice policy, June 2013
- Brian Goldstein, Jun 4, 2013
- The California state legislature just completed a pivotal phase in the legislative process. CJCJ reviews key criminal justice policies currently under consideration.
AB 915: A continued vision for juvenile justice reform in California
- Brian Goldstein, May 30, 2013
- Unfortunately, AB 915 did not make it off the Assembly Appropriations suspense file on Friday, May 24. This ends the current legislative path for the bill, but its legacy and vision remain…
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part III
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., May 29, 2013
- This is the third in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
Merging BSCC leadership roles limits opportunities for reform
- Selena Teji, May 28, 2013
- On May 15, 2013, Governor Brown submitted a budget trailer bill that makes concerning changes to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).
Brown’s revised budget discriminates against the mentally ill
- Lizzie Buchen, May 24, 2013
- Brown's budget revives a killed bill that requires state parole, rather than community supervision, for certain people who have suffered from mental illness.
2011 data provide baseline and initial effects of Realignment
- May 23, 2013
- CJCJ’s California Sentencing Institute (CASI) released its 2011 data today, providing a statewide baseline of county practices prior to, and in the initial stages of, AB 109 implementation.
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part II
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., May 16, 2013
- This is the second in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., May 14, 2013
- This is the first in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
The complex link between incarceration and public safety
- Lizzie Buchen, May 7, 2013
- Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding focuses on increasing incarceration, rather than enhancing public safety.
America is Ranked 29th in Child Well-Being
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., May 6, 2013
- A review of the UNICEF Report on Child Well-being shows the U.S. is near the bottom of the list across every dimension: poverty, health and safety, education, behaviors/risk, and housing/environment.
Meanness and Violence
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., May 6, 2013
- A colleague and I were talking the other day about how much violence there is in American society. We both admitted that the extent of violence in America exceeded by far every other industrialized…
Brown can release prisoners early without compromising public safety
- Lizzie Buchen, Apr 30, 2013
- Gov. Brown must reduce the state's prison population by 10,000 people or be held in contempt of Court. Systematically releasing low-risk inmates is a safe and just way to meet this mandate.
Youth rehabilitation bill clears Assembly Public Safety Committee
- Lizzie Buchen, Apr 25, 2013
- California’s counties are one step closer to having more resources to treat and rehabilitate youth who have committed serious or violent offenses.
- Randall Shelden, Apr 23, 2013
- It has now been more than a week since the dramatic event that came at the end of the annual Boston Marathon. What concerns me the most is the media coverage and what many would call an overreaction…
Learning from lifers: sentencing reforms based on empirical evidence
- Selena Teji, Apr 9, 2013
- A January 2013 CDCR study finds that “lifers recidivate at markedly lower rates than those who serve determinate sentences.” While this is not necessarily surprising to criminal justice…
The 4,054 human faces of San Quentin
- Selena Teji, Apr 2, 2013
- on March 27, 2013, CJCJ revisited San Quentin State Prison to see what changes had occurred since the implementation of Realignment.
The rich get richer while everyone else struggles
- Randall Shelden, Mar 26, 2013
- A couple of interesting news stories appeared today in the Los Angeles Times. The first one is titled “Forbes' tally of billionaires jumps 16%; Buffett drops in list.” The second is…
Debtor's prisons alive and well
- Randall Shelden, Mar 21, 2013
- As I have written before jails have been largely reserved for the poor and at one time in history words like jails and poorhouses (along with workhouses and prisons) were used interchangeably.
Commercial bail vs. Pretrial services
- Kate McCracken, Mar 19, 2013
- As you walk down Bryant Street in San Francisco, there are many neon-lit signs advertising for available bail services increasing as you move closer to the Hall of Justice. San Francisco is the…
Against violence and against incarceration
- Lizzie Buchen, Mar 14, 2013
- Anti-violence activists, who often demand harsher penalties for offenders, tend to work in opposition to those fighting overuse of incarceration, who call for the opposite. This antagonism leaves…
Building a local foundation for state juvenile justice success
- Brian Goldstein, Mar 12, 2013
- California counties have increasingly served as incubators for model policy innovation. State policymakers must nurture this bottom-up reform to ensure a balanced approach that benefits our…
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