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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…
Profit Over Kids: Part III
- Randall G. Shelden, Nov 7, 2013
- This is the final blog of a three part series examining for profit youth facilities.
Profit Over Kids: Part II
- Randall G. Shelden, Nov 5, 2013
- This is the second installment of a blog series examining private for profit youth prisons.
A Salute to the Supportive Living Program
- Dinky Manek Enty, Oct 31, 2013
- After 22 years of guiding men to and through their roads of recovery, CJCJ's Supportive Living Program (SLP) is closing its doors today. We are saddened by its passing but take pride in its…
Profits Over Kids, Part I
- Randall G. Shelden, Oct 28, 2013
- In this three-part series Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden examines for-profit youth prisons.
A day in the life of Patsy Jackson a NoVA Case Manager
- Caitlin Chappelle, Oct 24, 2013
- Patsy Jackson has been a case manager with NoVA for two years. Patsy helps her clients succeed by minimizing barriers to reentry and facilitating reintegration in their families and communities.
Immigration consequences of criminal convictions
- Selena Teji, Oct 22, 2013
- There are many collateral consequences to criminal convictions in California, such as barriers to employment, housing, and social services. An additional concern that criminal defense attorneys…
Partnership for a Drug-Wrecked America
- Mike Males, Oct 17, 2013
- The Partnership has been an instrumental lobby spending billions of dollars on decades of misdirected, billion-dollar "drug free" ad campaigns that are really designed to protect powerful legal-drug…
Safety first: protecting clients in an emergency
- Selena Teji, Oct 15, 2013
- CJCJ staff attend the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training to learn how to keep themselves, their families, and their clients safe in an emergency.
Pre-booking Diversion To Help Address Health Needs
- Caitlin Chapelle, Oct 10, 2013
- How do you divert justice-involved individuals into specialized programs that address the root causes of their criminal activity?
Justice-Involved Californians Deserve a Second Chance at Success
- Brian Goldstein, Oct 8, 2013
- Applying for a job is tough, particularly in this challenging economic climate. For those Californians with a criminal history, the obstacles for getting employment often appear insurmountable.
The Face of Poverty in California
- Brian Goldstein, Oct 3, 2013
- Poor people do not shoulder the burden alone; we all share the cost, whether we acknowledge it or not. Given this impact, what is the face of poverty in California?
A Modest Proposal for an Oakland Curfew
- Mike Males, Sep 30, 2013
- A youth curfew has not only proven ineffective, it targets a group that commits less than 7% of Oakland's crime. Why not a curfew that targets the demographic responsible for 80% of the city's crime?
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