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CJCJ in the news: U.S. Supreme Court, Life Sentences for Juveniles Must Be Reviewed
Public News Service interviews CJCJ's executive director, Daniel Macallair, on the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent juvenile justice decision.
CJCJ in the news: Court Decision Brings Hope, Uncertainty for Juveniles Sentenced to Life
JJIE quotes CJCJ's Daniel Macallair on today's Supreme Court decision to retroactively extend a a 2012 verdict ruling juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) as unconstitutional.
JJIE: Juvenile Justice Can Be Reformed Without Invoking Old Prejudices
Individualized justice, economic equality and factual accuracy should supply the science driving reform, not century-old biodeterminism.
KQED Forum Interviews Daniel Macallair
KQED Forum's Michael Montgomery talks with CJCJ executive director, Daniel Macallair, about his new book, the history of youth corrections in California, and the lessons to be learned from the past.
Update to CJCJ's Farrell Litigation Timeline
CJCJ has updated it's Farrell Litigation Timeline to include relevant events from 2013 - 2015.
Happy New Year from CJCJ!
In this issue: CJCJ partnership creates a new resource for youth; After 30 years in prison, CJCJ client is balancing college and work; Direct service programs receive gifts and donations for families.
End Mass Incarceration. Stop Prosecuting Youth as Adults.
Youth tried as adults generally experience worse outcomes and higher rates of incarceration than their juvenile court counterparts.By ending the transfer of young people to adult court and harnessing…
CJCJ in the news: 3 California Reforms Support Youth Record Sealing, Re-entry
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by Erica Webster reviewing three reforms to the California juvenile record sealing process passed in 2015.
November news from CJCJ
In this issue: CJCJ voices concern about jail funding and Prop. 47 at the BSCC, Wraparound youth client is ready for a fresh start, and After the Doors Were Locked by Daniel Macallair is now…
Misdirected Juvenile Justice Consensus Creates Backwards Policy
The historic plunge in juvenile crime threatens key interests. The paradoxical response: revival of the obsolete myth that adolescents are innate criminals.
CJCJ in the news: Bill seen as first step to juvenile filing reform
The Daily Journal quotes CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani to discuss the problematic practice of prosecuting youth in adult court.
CJCJ in the news: Jerome Miller, 83; altered treatment of juvenile offenders
The Boston Globe writes about the life of Jerry Miller and his many powerful accomplishments in the field of juvenile justice, including "the Massachusetts experiment."
New Reform: Same as the Old Reform
Two lessons from CJCJ Executive Director Dan Macallair’s new history of California juvenile justice: (1) Beware of the status quo; (2) Beware of “reform.”
October news from CJCJ
JCRT's Daniel Reyes promotes community-based services at national conference, a CJCJ youth client looks forward to the future, and After the Doors Were Locked by Daniel Macallair receives praise…
California Improves Juvenile Record Sealing Process
CJCJ updates Seal It to reflect improvements made by new legislation
CJCJ in the news: SBCUSD board pressed to take action on suspension policy, citations
Students and community organizations gathered to protest the San Bernardino Unified School District's role in the school-to-prison pipeline. This IE article cites CJCJ's report revealing San…
CJCJ in the news: U.S. Should Adhere to Global Standards in How We Treat Our Youth
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani contrasting the United States' treatment of youth in the justice system to that of other developed nations.
CJCJ in the news: KCBS interviews Daniel Macallair on sentencing youth to life without parole
On October 13th, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments to determine if its 2012 decision, prohibiting automatic sentencing of juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole,…
CJCJ in the news: With Juvenile Deincarceration, Jerry Miller Was First One Over the Wall
CJCJ's executive director, Daniel Macallair, is honored as a "feisty Miller acolyte" by the Chronicle of Social Change after the passing of the great Jerry Miller.
August news from CJCJ
CJCJ clients gain leadership skills and enjoy the outdoors; Realignment and crime in 2014: California's violent crime in decline; Youth of color visit state representatives to discuss key legislation
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 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,…
July news from CJCJ
CJCJ welcomes Cameo House's new director, Shirley Lamarr; Men's Wearhouse donates suits to CJCJ program graduates; Nisha Ajmani calls for trauma-informed care in the juvenile system

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