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February news from CJCJ
- Feb 27, 2015
- CJCJ cautions against leaving youth out of marijuana policy reform; Implementing Prop 47: Helping our clients change their records; Engaging the public with the Board of State and Community…
Why Teen Drug Use Surveys Are Meaningless
- Mike Males, Feb 24, 2015
- After California decriminalized marijuana, teenage behaviors improved dramatically. Pay no attention to dubious drug-use surveys, which bear no relationship to any measure of youthful well-being.
Where do black teenagers and white middle-agers get busted for drugs at equal rates?
- Mike Males, Oct 21, 2014
- In Los Angeles, huge declines in drug arrests of black teenagers and skyrocketing arrests of white middle-agers have led to an unimaginable new racial equality.
CJCJ in the news: After California decriminalized marijuana, teen arrest, overdose and dropout rates fell
- Oct 16, 2014
- The Washington Post's Wonkblog highlights CJCJ's recent report on the impact of marijuana reforms.
CJCJ in the news: Marijuana legalization doesn't solve racial disparities in the criminal justice system
- Oct 2, 2014
- Vox highlights a recent CJCJ report on the impact of marijuana policy reform.
Proposition 47: Estimating Local Savings and Jail Population Reductions, Summary
- Sep 25, 2014
- Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014, could generate costs savings for three counties between $135 million and $236 million.
Reforming marijuana laws: Which approach best reduces the harms of criminalization?
- Mike Males and Lizzie Buchen, Sep 24, 2014
- A new CJCJ report shows marijuana decriminalization across all ages could result in more harm reduction than 21-and-older legalization.
Is California Finally Figuring Out Drugs?
- Mike Males, Aug 7, 2014
- "No state has embraced both illegal drugs and the official wars thereon like California," writes Mike Males. After a roller coaster half-century, the state may finally be on its way to good drug…
Clearing the Path Ahead: One Step Towards Improving Reentry in California
- Aaron Juchau, Aug 5, 2014
- California recently lifted the ban on access to welfare for people with felony drug convictions. Though a strong step in the right direction, many obstacles remain for this vulnerable population.
Cracking the Racial Disparity for Cocaine Sentencing
- Antonia Cartwright, Jul 1, 2014
- By equalizing treatment and punishment for crack and powder cocaine, Sen. Mitchell's SB 1010 recognizes drug abuse as a health issue and promotes racial equality.
Whatever Happened to the Ad War on Drugs?
- Mar 24, 2014
- CJCJ's Mike Males is featured in Advertising Age and highlights the problems with commercials created by Partnership at Drugfree.org
Is "Child Prostitution" the Real "Epidemic"?
- Mike Males, Feb 18, 2014
- There are much larger, unmentioned "epidemics" behind what we call "child prostititution" authorities and media splashes are refusing to confront
Philip Seymour Hoffmann and the middle-aged drug epidemic
- Feb 4, 2014
- Celebrated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death at age 46 from an apparent heroin overdose is yet another indictment of the ongoing failure of drug war officials.
OP-ED: Pretending to “Care About Kids”—But Really Caring About Pot
- Jan 29, 2014
- Mike Males discusses the scapegoating of youth to promote the national drug policy dialogue.
Legalizing Marijuana in California: Considerations for youth and beyond
- Caitlin Chappelle, Dec 3, 2013
- California’s next step in drug policy reform needs to be towards nondiscriminatory legalization of medical and recreational marijuana with funding mechanisms to prevent drug abuse. Design…
Weed More Likely Than Rape or Murder to Get an Undocumented Immigrant Detained
- Oct 9, 2013
- The Drug Policy Alliance's Amanda Reiman discusses a recent CJCJ report on Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds and what suspected criminal activities were most likely to result in detainment.
Four Reasons Californians Need Fair Drug Sentencing Reform
- Brian Goldstein, Sep 24, 2013
- This year, Governor Jerry Brown can take a bold step to reform drug sentencing for individuals who posses small quantities of a controlled substance for personal use. Senate Bill 649 , authored by…
Is there an end in sight to the War on Drugs?
- Selena Teji, Sep 5, 2013
- As so many drug-related reforms move forward, there is still a need for a comprehensive examination of how drug policy is implemented locally.
Op-ed: The myth of youthful drug offenders
- Aug 19, 2013
- An Op-ed by Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, featured in Reuters on August 19, 2013.
Susan Sarandon: Colorado Was Just the Beginning
- Jun 21, 2013
- Actress Susan Sarandon supports the legalization and regulation of marijuana and asks others to do the same.
SB 649’s “Wobbler” Option Creates Flexibility for Certain Drug Offenders
- Shanthi Rajagopalan, Jun 20, 2013
- SB 649, authored by State Senator Mark Leno, pursues a similar approach to Realignment by recognizing that people convicted of simple drug possession, as well as the overall community, will not…
Racial disparities in arrest practices merit closer attention
- Selena Teji, Jun 11, 2013
- Nationally, African Americans are 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate, according to a new report.
Race and the Drug War
- Randall Shelden, Ph.D., Jun 8, 2013
- As so many have noted time and again, young black males have received the brunt of the “war on drugs.”
Racial gap in pot busts extends to SF
- Jun 5, 2013
- In San Francisco, a city that prides itself on a progressive attitude toward marijuana, authorities have been arresting fewer and fewer people for pot possession. But African Americans are arrested…
SFPD and Police Commission tackle racially disparate arrest trends
- Selena Teji, Jan 29, 2013
- On January 23, 2013, the San Francisco Police Commission held a public hearing to discuss the city’s arrest data . The result was a refreshing openness to examining the city’s arrest…
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