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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.
California teenagers: No longer “crime prone”
California’s revolutionary plunge in youth crime and rise in older-age crime threaten established interests still feeding on fear of youth.
A “Third System” for Incarcerated Young Adults
Justice advocates have been considering a separate system for young adults ages 18 to 25 due to violence in prisons, but would a new system move focus away from reform efforts?
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano: A Champion for Reform
Brian Goldstein reflects on the tenure of outgoing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and his dedicated leadership in criminal justice reform.
Ferguson and the militarization of the police
"The behavior of the police in Ferguson, were it conducted by soldiers or Marines in Iraq or Afghanistan, would be viewed as violations of the Rules of Engagement and result in Court Martials."
Who Are Police Killing?
Over the last four decades, some 15,000 Americans have been killed by law enforcement officers. Native Americans are most at risk, followed by African Americans.
Violence Prevention has a New Champion
After seven amazing years of dedicated work, Kate McCracken, CJCJ’s Director of Policy and Development, will be moving her efforts into a specific violence prevention role as a Senior Planner…
After Realignment: A need for proportional sentencing and treatment programs
In a post-Realignment era, enacting sentences proportional to crimes and treatment programs are the next step in addressing concerns about increasing jail populations and public safety.
Is California Finally Figuring Out Drugs?
"No state has embraced both illegal drugs and the official wars thereon like California," writes Mike Males. After a roller coaster half-century, the state may finally be on its way to good drug…
Clearing the Path Ahead: One Step Towards Improving Reentry in California
California recently lifted the ban on access to welfare for people with felony drug convictions. Though a strong step in the right direction, many obstacles remain for this vulnerable population.
California's Radical Youth Trends
Huge reductions in youth incarceration, huge increases in populations of youth of color — and huge reductions in youth crime. Who knew?
A New Approach for Juvenile Facilities in California
California's Board of State and Community Corrections makes critical decisions on the future of the state's justice-involved youth — and the public is beginning to pay attention.
Scapegoating the Poor
The story of a single working mother who faces a decade in prison for allowing her daughter to play in a park unsupervised demonstrates our foolish reliance on incarceration and punishment as a way…
Violence Forecast: Sunny with an Occasional Hail of Bullets
Violence trends make fools of its debaters — or would, if anyone called them to account.
More money, more beds?
Kate McCracken discusses the upcoming allocation of $80 million dollars in construction funding for juvenile facilities in California, and suggests the state think outside the box.
Who's Really Dying from Guns in the United States?
32,351 Americans died from gunfire in 2011. Nearly half of them were older white men shooting themselves.
Who's Threatening Murrieta's "Safety"?
A California city's mayor and shouting protestors claim 140 Latino women and child immigrants threaten their town's "safety." The city's own crime statistics suggest otherwise.
Cracking the Racial Disparity for Cocaine Sentencing
By equalizing treatment and punishment for crack and powder cocaine, Sen. Mitchell's SB 1010 recognizes drug abuse as a health issue and promotes racial equality.

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