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From juvenile detention to straight A's, with the help of a mentor
The Christian Science Monitor highlighrs CJCJ's Youth Justice Mentoring Program (YJM) and features interviews from clients and mentors about the impact of a caring adult role model.
The Lessons of California for Juvenile Justice Reform
CJCJ's executive director pens an op-ed for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) on the lessons to be learned from the failures of California's state youth corrections system.
In Mental Health Care, Are We Treating the Symptom But Not the Cause?
New America Media quotes CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani on the ineffectiveness of mental health treatment for youth in detention for whom detention is often re-traumatizing.
Reports Cites Mental Health Treatment Gaps at California’s DJJ Facilities
The Chronicle of Social Change highlights a new CJCJ study on conditions at California's state youth correctional facilties.
KQED: Violence and Gang Activity Still Plague California's Juvenile Corrections Facilities
CJCJ's Erica Webster describes conditions at California's state youth correctional facilities on KQED's The California Report.
Fact Sheet: California's Youth and Young Adult Arrest Rates Continue a Historic Decline
A new fact sheet from CJCJ shows that, in 2015, arrests of young people under age 25 dropped below 2014 levels and continue a decades-long trend of decline
Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California's Division of Juvenile Justice
CJCJ's new report finds, in California's state youth corrections system, violence has increased, gang culture is pervasive, and mental health treatment is at times nonexistent.
CJCJ in the news: Young and Locked Up in Silicon Valley
The Santa Clara County district attorney has made a habit of charging 14-,15- and 16-year-olds as adults. Why?
July News from CJCJ
CASI now shows 6-year county trends, CJCJ youth spend a day of fun at California's Great America, and a recent CJCJ report is highlighted in national publication.
CJCJ in the news: Prosecuting Youth As Adults Creates Racial Disparities and ‘Justice-By-Geography’
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by CJCJ's Rebecca Wegley on the damage done by prosecuting youth as adults.
CJCJ youth explore Alcatraz and strengthen bonds with mentors
Youth Justice Mentoring Program staff, mentors and clients visit Alcatraz, learn about local history, and build lasting memories with friends.
June News from CJCJ: Two new reports and a trip to Alcatraz
CJCJ youth explore Alcatraz and strengthen bonds with mentors; new CJCJ reports examine the prosecution of youth as adults; and the Children's Waiting Rooms receive donations for families.
New Report! Direct File Rates Arbitrarily Rising for Youth of Color
A new report examining the prosecution of youth as adults in California documents variations by county in the use of “direct file” and its disproportionate impact on youth of color.
CJCJ in the news: After the Doors Were Locked
National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) staff attorney Atasi Uppal reviews After the Doors Were Locked by CJCJ's Daniel Macallair for Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE).
Should Young People Be Banished from Public?
It’s for their own protection, leaders say, claiming “studies” show youth-control laws “prevent crime” and “save lives.” But do they? A critique of recent…
CJCJ in the news: Tenacity turned into treasure at San Francisco courts’ Children’s Waiting Room
San Francisco Bay View Newspaper highlights the important work of CJCJ's Children's Waiting Room staff.
California Reforms Creating County-Based Systems for 21st Century
CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair writes an op-ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) on how California's plummeting youth crime rates creates an opportunity for more…
CJCJ in the news: Kids Are Becoming Less Violent. Adults Not So Much.
Mother Jones focuses on Mike Males research regarding the detrimental effects of childhood lead poisoning on crime trends.
Farrell’s End Gives True Juvenile Justice Reform a Chance
After the 2002 lawsuit against DJJ was dismissed on February 25, 2016, CJCJ urges youth California to avoid repeating mistakes of the past.
February News from CJCJ!
Sierra Health Foundation's Speaker Series features Daniel Macallair; New CJCJ collaborative offers reentry services after federal prison; and Daily Journal interviews Daniel Macallair about the…
Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
A review of how juvenile justice realignment has mad closing DJF possible.
California Needs Data-driven Juvenile Justice
Data can tell a story. The absence of data and thoughtful analysis can do the same, by illustrating that the state is not adequately prioritizing juvenile justice.
CJCJ in the news: Others States Can Learn from Changes to Juvenile Justice in California
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by CJCJ executive director, Daniel Macallair, on the success of California systemic changes to its juvenile justice system.
CJCJ in the news: Department of Juvenile Justice: Empower or end?
The Daily Journal's L.J. Williamson tackles the question of closing California's state youth correctional facilities, and quotes CJCJ's Daniel Macallair on why local facilities are the superior…
CJCJ in the news: Mike Males on the ineffectiveness of youth curfews
After a mother in Saskatoon called for the imposition of a 10 pm curfew on youth, CBC Saskatoon interviewed CJCJ's Mike Males on the failure of youth curfews to curb crime or deter gang activity.

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