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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.
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.
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.

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