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CJCJ in the news: San Francisco Criminal Justice Leaders Push for Change at Race Summit
CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males discusses his latest findings on racially disproportionate arrests in San Francisco.
CJCJ in the news: African Americans cited for resisting arrest at high rate in S.F.
SF Gate highlights CJCJ's study on the disproportionate arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco.
February news from CJCJ
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
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?
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
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
Vox highlights a recent CJCJ report on the impact of marijuana policy reform.
Proposition 47: Estimating Local Savings and Jail Population Reductions, Summary
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?
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?
"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
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.”

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