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California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Reports High Recidivism Despite Surging Costs
CJCJ's new fact sheet finds that the costs of confining youth in California’s state youth correctional syste are expected to climb to $271,318 per youth.
CJCJ Co-sponsored Bills Clear Senate Policy Committees
On April 4th , SB 190 and SB 439 passed Senate policy committees after strong testimony from legislators and advocates, and broad public support.
CJCJ Co-sponsors Legislation to Reform the Juvenile Justice System
CJCJ is co-sponoring two bills in the California legislature this year that would lessen the impact of the juvenile justice system on youth and their families.
‘Rooms Infested With Spiders’: California Youth Urge Changes in Conditions at Juvenile Facilities
The Chronicle of Social Change highlights advocacy by CJCJ and other juvenile justice organizations to improve standards in county juvenile facilities.
2017-18 Budget Expands Youth Prisons and Deepens Reliance on Incarceration
In a time of fiscal caution, Governor Brown’s FY 2017-18 budget proposal deepens California’s reliance on youth incarceration.
States Must Move Funding from Correctional Facilities to Community-Based Treatment
CJCJ's Erica Webster pens an op-ed for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE).
Webinar Recap: Improving Minimum Standards for California’s Juvenile Justice Facilities
Please find all the webinar presentation materials here. Thank you to The California Endowment and Sue Burrell for making this webinar possible!
Lost African American Girls in the Maryland Juvenile Justice System
CJCJ's Mike Males discusses the mistreatment and criminalization of Black girls in the juvenile justice system with WPFW Crossroads host, Roach Brown.
Post-Prop 57, California Considers the Lasting Harm of Youth Incarceration
With Prop 57, Californians have voted to curb the treatment of youth as adults. Now we must reimagine the treatment of those who remain in the juvenile system.
New Prop 57 data tool shows "justice-by-geography" in California
Prop 57 would abolish prosecutor's ability to charge youth directly in adult court, a practice that has proven to more often impact youth of color and youth in certain counties.
Prop 57 Resource Page
An interactive map showing youth prosecuted as adults in each county, radio interviews, research reports, inforgraphics and more.
California’s Prop 57 Would Have Judges, Not Prosecutors, Decide If Youth Are Tried As Adults
CJCJ's Maureen Washburn pens an op-ed for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) advocating for the passage of California's Proposition 57 and the abolishment of prosecutors' ability to…
October News: New reports, a tour of DJJ & a youth client's success
Two new reports focus on the future of youth justice in California, CJCJ staff tour California's northern youth correctional facilities, and we congratulate a youth client who is now a full-time…
New Report: The Prosecution of Youth as Adults in California
A new report presents 2015 trends in California’s use of “direct file,” wherein prosecutors are granted sole discretion to file charges against youth as young as 14 years old…
Sixteen Year-Olds Are Smart. Let Them Vote.
CJCJ's Mike Males pens an op-ed for Washington Monthly calling on San Francisco voters to pass Proposition F and allow young people age 16 and older to vote in municple elections.
New report shows fewer juveniles are being arrested for violent felonies
KBFX Bakersfield interviews CJCJ's Mauren Washburn about a new CJCJ report on dramatic decreases in California's youth crime.
New Report: Violent Crime Arrests of Youth in California Expected to Decline Through 2020
CJCJ's new research report predicts ongoing declines in the violent felony arrest rate of California's youth through 2020.
CJCJ Director awarded Juvenile Advocate of the Year, plus new Prop 47 report!
Prop 47 and Crime in 2015, CJCJ's Executive Director awarded Juvenile Advocate of the Year, and dedicated CJCJ youth mentors featured in a major news outlet.
From juvenile detention to straight A's, with the help of a mentor
The Christian Science Monitor highlights 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.

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