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OP-ED: New Hope – Health Care for Justice-Involved Youth
An Op-ed by CJCJ staff discussing how the ACA, often referred to as Obamacare, will pave the way for justice-involved youth to have access to high-quality reentry and aftercare services.
CJCJ Newsletter - We can end the prison crisis safely
Tell the Gov. you don't support prison expansion, attend the drug policy conference of the year, and read about the intersection of immigration and criminal justice.
Calif. counties seek to reduce re-offense rate
Realignment creates an opportunity for local jursdictions to implement community-based interventions for individuals who have been charged with non-serious, non-sexual, and non-violent offenses.
Op-ed: The myth of youthful drug offenders
An Op-ed by Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, featured in Reuters on August 19, 2013.
Report: Releasing undocumented immigrants could help relieve Calif.'s jail overcrowding
A new report from the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice suggests California jails could alleviate overcrowding by refusing to detain non-criminals accused of immigration violations.
CJCJ Newsletter - Introducing our new mentoring program!
This month CJCJ began providing mentoring services to youth in detention, and staff visited innovative post-Realignment programs in San Francisco and published an op-ed on SB 260.
Op-ed: Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment
More than 2,500 Californians are serving life sentences in prison for crimes they committed when they were younger than 18. At San Quentin, it is all too common to come across young men serving 35 or…
Realignment targets adults, but youth system also in flux
“Youth crime in California is at a 40-year low. Looking at the statistics you could argue this is the best-behaved generation on record. Now why that is, we don’t know,” said Daniel…
Job Posting: Part-Time Accounting Assistant
CJCJ is hiring a Part-Time Accounting Assistant!
June 2013 Newsletter - Promoting National and Global Justice Policy
CJCJ uses its expertise to educate the public on national and global criminal justice issues.
Shutting Down the School-To-Jailhouse Pipeline in California
CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, is featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) discussing the reform efforts that have happened among policymakers and advocacy groups after…
Susan Sarandon: Colorado Was Just the Beginning
Actress Susan Sarandon supports the legalization and regulation of marijuana and asks others to do the same.
CJCJ's NoVA case manager, José Luis Gómez, participates in an interview with Radio Bilingüe in which he emphasizes that Realignment is not just about reducing the overall prison…
Counties learn about wraparound services for crossover youth
The Positive Youth Justice Initiative is hosting a webinar series to help counties serve youth who are involved in both the dependency and delinquency systems. Today's webinar was on implementing…
Racial gap in pot busts extends to SF
In San Francisco, a city that prides itself on a progressive attitude toward marijuana, authorities have been arresting fewer and fewer people for pot possession. But African Americans are arrested…
Counties’ continued decline in reliance on state youth facilities
CJCJ’s California Sentencing Institute (CASI) released its 2011 juvenile justice data today, showing a continued trend away from state confinement and towards community-based options for…
Brave Experiment at a California Boys Ranch Pays Off
Increasingly, experts are recognizing that the best way to improve public safety is to rely less on state correctional institutions for treating youth offenders, and more on the dynamic therapeutic…
OP-ED: Opening Our Eyes to Uncomfortable Truths
...when we take into account the level of poverty, kids don’t commit crimes at a higher rate than adults. Take a few seconds and read the previous sentence again.
2011 data provide baseline and initial effects of Realignment
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.
Despite crime rate, Santa Cruz County sends few to prison
A discussion of Santa Cruz County's low use of incarceration, unique offender demographic, and what is needed for a tailored approach to local crime.
Diversion Programs Offer Youth a Second Chance
Diversion programs for youth offenders are blooming within area jurisdictions and are having a positive impact on the criminal justice system and on society, some officials and other experts said.
Grassroots Leaders to Legislators: We Have the Right To Remain Unsilent!
On May 13, 2013: Formerly Incarcerated People's Quest for Democracy Legislative Briefing on polices that impact the ability of formerly incarcerated people to fully participate in society.
Underaged & Suppressed?
Mike Males asserts that young people are politically vulnerable and scapegoated when it comes to gun control laws. Listen to the discussion on HuffPost Live.
Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety
To meet the court’s mandate by the end of the year, Brown needs to begin releasing identified low-risk inmates now - a step both the federal and the U.S. Supreme Court agree "would be…
OP-ED: The Gun Debate, Round 2: Let’s Learn From Young People, Not Demonize Them
"Bad information breeds expedient, ineffective policy, as exemplified by the administration’s surviving gun initiatives..."

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