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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
Reform cuts marijuana possession arrests 86% in 2011, upends California drug policing
Just-released 2011 arrest statistics from the state Criminal Justice Statistics Center show that pioneering legislation downgrading simple marijuana possession from a criminal offense into an…
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study Huffington Post, November 29, 2012
Juvenile Crime at All-Time Low, Leaving Empty Beds at Juvenile Hall
Juvenile Crime at All-Time Low, Leaving Empty Beds at Juvenile Hall Fair Oaks-Carmichael Patch, November 28, 2012
Legalized pot and easing of 'three strikes' law mark unique election
The voters have spoken.  Not only did they re-elect Barack Obama but in two states -- Colorado and Washington  -- possession of small quantities of marijuana was legalized. A clear message to the…
Former 'SYTYCD' Performer Helps At-Risk Youth
Former 'SYTYCD' Performer Helps At-Risk Youth Fox 40, November 2, 2012
California Juvenile Arrests at 50-year Low
California Juvenile Arrests at 50-year Low Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 2, 2012
Juvenile Crime Rate At Record Low
Juvenile Crime Rate At Record Low Capital Public Radio, October 31, 2012
Juvenile crime drops to record low in California
Juvenile crime drops to record low in California KPCC, October 31, 2012
What a Drop in Youth Crime Says About Curfews and Boot Camps: Nothing Good
What a Drop in Youth Crime Says About Curfews and Boot Camps: Nothing Good Take Part, October 30, 2012
The state of disproportionate minority contact: San Francisco & beyond
The execution of justice is not always neutral.  Unfortunately, racial discrimination remains deeply imbedded in the policies and practices of the justice system, and not merely a relic of the past. …
San Francisco Police Department upgrading data collection system
On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, the San Francisco Police Commission met to discuss a range of issues, including the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD)'s faulty and problematic system of…

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