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Enough Nonsense on Youthful (In)competence
Pre-judging the individual guilt of the Santa Cruz 15-year-old accused of murdering a child is not just, and judging all 15-year-olds as mentally incompetent is not science.
CJCJ’s Sentencing Service Program keeps youth in juvenile court
When a prosecutor wants to try a youth as an adult, defense attorneys reach out to Nisha Ajmani, program manager for CJCJ’s Sentencing Service Program (SSP) , to keep that youth in the…
CJCJ in the news: As California becomes more diverse, youth arrests continue to plummet
Sacramento News & Review interviews CJCJ's Mike Males on his report "The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children" detailing the dramatic decline in youth arrests over the past 30 years.
California Court Rules Proposition 47 Applies to Youth
This July, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that a San Diego youth was eligible to reclassify his sentence from a felony to misdemeanor under California’s Proposition 47,…
CJCJ clinical case managers set clients on the path to rehabilitation
CJCJ’s juvenile justice services programs utilize intensive supervision and clinical services (ISCS) to address the unique needs of clients and help them reenter their communities.
Like Our Veterans, Justice-Involved Youth are Survivors of Traumatic Violence
Veterans and youth in the justice system have something in common—trauma. California’s juvenile courts should address this trauma through treatment, not incarceration.
The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children
A dramatic development with profound implications for Califorina's criminal justice system has occured over the last three decades: an enormous decline in arrests among the youngest Californians.
Former justice-involved youth should be key players in creating policy
Policymakers, law-enforcement, and advocates must include justice-involved youth when making decisions that affect these young people and their communities.
CJCJ in the news: It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime
Pacific Standard Magazine highlights research by CJCJ's Mike Males on the role of poverty in causing youth crime.
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…

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