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Is California Finally Figuring Out Drugs?
"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
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
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?
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"?
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
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
Mike Males discusses the scapegoating of youth to promote the national drug policy dialogue.
Legalizing Marijuana in California: Considerations for youth and beyond
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
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
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?
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
An Op-ed by Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, featured in Reuters on August 19, 2013.
Susan Sarandon: Colorado Was Just the Beginning
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
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
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
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
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
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…
Police Commission Hearing, Jan. 23, 2013
CJCJ's testimony to the San Francisco Police Commission regarding the city's 40-year history of increasingly racially disparate arrest practices.
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates Huffington Post, December 12, 2012
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study The Inquisitr, December 11, 2012
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing California Progress Report, December 10, 2012
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, December 7, 2012
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California Nation of Change, November 26, 2012
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County Redwood City-Woodside Patch, December 5, 2012

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