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Pretrial Services: An Effective Alternative to Monetary Bail
Most people in California's jails have not had their day in court — they are detained because they are simply too poor to post bail.
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?
Public Involvement in Politics Does Matter
CJCJ Post-Graduate Fellow Courtney Lam reflects on last week's Assembly Public Safety Committee in Sacramento.
CJCJ in the news: Talk 910 KKSF AM with Gil Gross
Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, is featured on the Gil Gross show to discuss the negative impact of mandatory minimums on California's youth.
CJCJ in the news: Assembly Public Safety Committee postpones vote on "Audrie's Law"
CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen comments on the dangers of SB 838, which would establish the first mandatory minimum sentence in California's juvenile justice system.
CJCJ in the news: Bay Area mother of teen suicide victim urges passage of tough new law on juvenile sex offenders
CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses the negative impact of mandatory minimums for youth in the Contra Costa Times.
CJCJ in the news: California lawmakers delay vote on Audrie's Law
CJCJ Board member Patti Lee, of San Francisco's Public Defender's Office, says establishing mandatory minimums for California's youth is a "grave mistake."
CJCJ in the news: Teen rape law vote delayed in Legislature
CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen highlights the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's youth in the San Jose Mercury News.
Keep mandatory minimums out of the juvenile justice system
SB 838 would establish the first mandatory minimum sentences in California's juvenile justice system. These sentences are punitive, reject the notion of rehabilitation, and do not prevent crime. Help…
“Demographic Scapegoating”: How Leaders and Interests Profit from Social Crises
While invoking tones of concern and inclusion, American leaders exploit social problems to flatter powerful older constituencies by stigmatizing young people
An Opportunity for Juvenile Justice Innovation in California
Counties currently seeking state funding have both immense responsibility to ensure continued best practices, and the valuable opportunity to build bridges between justice-involved youth and the…
Challenging Biases Against Economic Justice and Respectful Treatment of Youth
Economic justice and respectful treatment for young people in policy and discussion forums are both a moral imperative and epitomize the best of "what works" in criminal justice. I feel the Juvenile…
CJCJ in the news: California proposals aim to help young offenders
CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses California's trend towards juvenile justice reform in the Associated Press.
State Committee Recommends a Need for Data and Accountability
On Thursday, May 8, California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) heard a series of presentations from its Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC) around data, education, and…
Named legislation rarely protects the public
Bills authored in response to specific events are well-meaning but will rarely result in good public policy.
Forgotten Voices: Oakland's youth call for no more violence
CURYJ, the Pacific Institute, and CJCJ partner to highlight the negative impact of policing on youth and alternative approaches that promote stronger, healthier, and safer communities.
Building a New Juvenile Justice System
The Board of State and Community Corrections is responsible for allocating $80 million dollars in juvenile facility construction funding. It is time to use this fiscal allocation differently and…
California bill looks to send more youth to adult prison
SB 838 could dramatically increase the number of youth tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system. CJCJ strongly opposes this bill because it fails to deter crime, denies young people…
OP-ED: Leaving the Past Behind: Sealing Juvenile Records
CJCJ's Antonia Cartwright discusses the positive impact of sealing juvenile records in a recent Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Op-ed.
To Seal or Not To Seal – California Taking a Progressive Approach to Sealing Juvenile Records
CJCJ's Gabrielle Marchand analyzes recent legislation for California's justice-involved youth, which provides them with a clean slate and ample opportunities for future success
New Lenses for Positive Change
CJCJ's Katrina Han discusses the need for thoughtful and deliberate juvenile justice intervention strategies.
CJCJ in the news: Probation Reports: What we can learn from the 'most important' documents in the criminal justice system
The North Coast Journal explores the importance about pre-sentence investigation reports. Execuvite Director, Daniel Macallair, discusses this in detail in the article.
A Survey of Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California
Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional…
CJCJ in the news: Racial Disparity in Juvenile Facilities Increased as Overall Incarceration Plummeted, Report Says
CJCJ's Executive Director Dan Macallair highlights the need for local community-based service organizations.
Brian Goldstein's testimony at Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment
Brian Goldstein, CJCJ's Policy Analyst, provides testimony to the Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment on March 18, 2014.

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