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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.
"When did it become legal to strip-search a child?"
CJCJ Deputy Director Dinky Manek Enty writes in the Chronicle of Social Change about a new proposal to strip-search visitors, including children visiting their incarcerated parents.
Worldwide Experts Converge to Discuss the Future of Criminal Justice
"Criminology at the Intersection of Oppression": Worldwide perspectives on criminal justice are discussed at an international criminology meeting in San Francisco.
Fact-Checking Bill O’Reilly on Police, Killing and Race
Fox's Bill O'Reilly's commentary citing CJCJ statistics failed to note our data showing African Americans are much more likely than whites to be killed by police. Unjustifiable police killings of…
A Shifting America: Latinos and a Health Equity-Centered Approach to Juvenile Justice
Residents of East Salinas are looking to indigenous practices to change their county’s approach to juvenile justice.
Preteen crime is disappearing from California
Arrests of Californians under age 12 fell by a staggering 93 percent over the last 30 years — and no one seems to have noticed.
Ferguson Redux: The Fire This Time
The fates of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were not isolated incidents. Indeed, they represent the entire country and the near apartheid-conditions that exist in this so-called “post-racial…
Cameo House: A Partnership to Help Mothers Succeed
In partnership with the San Francisco Adult Probation Department, CJCJ's Cameo House now serves as an alternative sentencing program for pregnant and parenting women in San Francisco County.
After Proposition 47: Following the money
Two weeks ago, California voters ushered in a landmark opportunity to reduce the state’s over-reliance on incarceration. Now it's up to advocates to make sure the savings get into the right…
In memory of Roland Carey, former CJCJ director
Independent Living Program provided support and housing for young people.
Felony Disenfranchisement on Election Day
Election Day is an annual reminder on the importance of civic engagement. Unfortunately, an alarming number of Americans do not have the option to vote because of their involvement in the criminal…
The Sixties Have Returned in Ferguson
The continuing protests in Missouri show that racial segregation in the US is just as problematic as it was in the '60s.
Where do black teenagers and white middle-agers get busted for drugs at equal rates?
In Los Angeles, huge declines in drug arrests of black teenagers and skyrocketing arrests of white middle-agers have led to an unimaginable new racial equality.
Scapegoating Means Scapegoating
Anti-rape campaigns from the White House to Sacramento blame students for a society-wide problem and ignore crucial lessons from young people’s promising trends.
Funding Local Juvenile Facilities that Meet the Needs of the Future
A tour of Stanislaus Juvenile Correctional Facility provides an example of previous SB 81 spending and highlights some important considerations for the next round of funding over the coming months.

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