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Preteen crime is disappearing from California
Arrests of Californians under age 12 fell by a staggering 93 percent over the last 30 years — and no one seems to have noticed.
CJCJ releases new resource to help people get a fresh start
CJCJ, with generous support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation , is thrilled to announce the launch of Seal It , a new resource to help people seal their juvenile records.
CJCJ in the news: Juvenile arrests plunge by half
The Orange County Register highlights CJCJ's research on youth crime trends.
California teenagers: No longer “crime prone”
California’s revolutionary plunge in youth crime and rise in older-age crime threaten established interests still feeding on fear of youth.
New data reveal persistent disparities in charging youth as adults
A long-overdue report lays bare the egregious racial disparities that pervade the juvenile justice system, and falls short of providing crucial data on youth transferred to adult court.
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.
Monterey County Juvenile Hall Needs Assessment: A Preliminary Analysis
The purpose of this preliminary analysis is to examine current crime, confinement, and population trends within a larger historical context to estimate the county’s future juvenile detention…
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.

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