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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…
Only Certain Young Victims Matter
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,…

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