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CJCJ Newsletter - Interact with new 2012 juvenile justice data
New 2012 youth crime data released, publication on a model youth justice program in Solano County, and our journal releases its Fall 2013 edition.
Knockout game: Videos of the teen attacks go viral; the crime’s not viral
Knockout game: A violent teen prank – seen in videos, but probably still an isolated trend – highlights the need to establish strong connections between young people and their community.
Oakland City Council Considers Youth Curfew
KCBS reports on the proposed Oakland youth curfew which is being considered tonight by the Board of Supervisors.
OP-ED: Why Don’t Youth Curfews Work?
Senior Research Fellow Mike Males examines curfews for young people in an Op-ed released in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.
Today on Your Call: Do youth curfews make a city safer?
KALW radio's Your Call discusses the ineffectiveness of curfews with Mike Males, in light of the recent curfew proposal in Oakland, CA.
A Modest Proposal for an Oakland Curfew
A youth curfew has not only proven ineffective, it targets a group that commits less than 7% of Oakland's crime. Why not a curfew that targets the demographic responsible for 80% of the city's crime?
Oakland youth curfew proposed to help fight crime
"It is pretty ineffective," Daniel Macallair said of a curfew. "Most of it is for symbolic purposes. It is kind of the fallback policy for policymakers when they don't know what else to do."
Congregate Care Facilities are a Thing of the Past
Photographer Richard Ross documents youth correctional facilities across the nation. This blogs explores why these facilities are an outdated approach to juvenile justice.
Op-ed: Statistical Bigotry is Just Bigotry
CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, is featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.
OP-ED: New Hope – Health Care for Justice-Involved Youth
An Op-ed by CJCJ staff discussing how the ACA, often referred to as Obamacare, will pave the way for justice-involved youth to have access to high-quality reentry and aftercare services.
Some Promising Programs for Girls in Trouble
In my previous blog I noted that successful programs for girls in the juvenile justice system were rare. In this blog I will highlight a few examples of recently developed programs that show great…
Programs for Girls in Juvenile Justice
Despite years of research showing that girls require a special kind of programming, here remains a lack of innovative, effective programs for girls in trouble.
The Unnecessary Detention of Undocumented Youth
The intersection of the immigration and juvenile justice systems hampers reform efforts and denies appropriate treatment to undocumented youth.
The Unnecessary Detention of Undocumented Youth
Fact Sheet on law enforcement responses to ICE hold requests for youth in California, Oct. 2009 to Feb. 2013.
Realignment targets adults, but youth system also in flux
“Youth crime in California is at a 40-year low. Looking at the statistics you could argue this is the best-behaved generation on record. Now why that is, we don’t know,” said Daniel…
Shutting Down the School-To-Jailhouse Pipeline in California
CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, is featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) discussing the reform efforts that have happened among policymakers and advocacy groups after…
Nigeria’s evolving juvenile justice system
An article by Iyabode Ogunniran discussing the evolution of juvenile justice in Nigeria was released in the Spring 2013 edition of the Justice Policy Journal today.
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part II
This is the second in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
Diversion Programs Offer Youth a Second Chance
Diversion programs for youth offenders are blooming within area jurisdictions and are having a positive impact on the criminal justice system and on society, some officials and other experts said.
OP-ED: The Gun Debate, Round 2: Let’s Learn From Young People, Not Demonize Them
"Bad information breeds expedient, ineffective policy, as exemplified by the administration’s surviving gun initiatives..."
Youth rehabilitation bill clears Assembly Public Safety Committee
California’s counties are one step closer to having more resources to treat and rehabilitate youth who have committed serious or violent offenses.
California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: Nine Years After Farrell
This publication reviews the progress DJF has made in implementing Court-ordered reforms, using qualitative and quantitative data from the court-appointed expert in safety and welfare, the Special…
Radio Smart Talk: School Safety
What Sandy Hook [-] did was shine a spotlight on school safety.
Building a local foundation for state juvenile justice success
California counties have increasingly served as incubators for model policy innovation. State policymakers must nurture this bottom-up reform to ensure a balanced approach that benefits our…
Youth incarceration at 35-year low nationally
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new report this week highlighting a national 35-year low in youth incarceration with drops across almost every state. Despite this decline in youth crime, it…

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