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After Proposition 47: Following the money
Two weeks ago, California voters ushered in a landmark opportunity to reduce the state’s over-reliance on incarceration. Now it's up to advocates to make sure the savings get into the right…
Felony Disenfranchisement on Election Day
Election Day is an annual reminder on the importance of civic engagement. Unfortunately, an alarming number of Americans do not have the option to vote because of their involvement in the criminal…
Scapegoating Means Scapegoating
Anti-rape campaigns from the White House to Sacramento blame students for a society-wide problem and ignore crucial lessons from young people’s promising trends.
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.
September news from CJCJ
September news: Gov. Brown signs bills that may reduce incarceration in California; New CJCJ report analyzes impact of marijuana reform; Proposition 47 could generate significant cost savings for…
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano: A Champion for Reform
Brian Goldstein reflects on the tenure of outgoing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and his dedicated leadership in criminal justice reform.
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting July 10, 2014
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
CJCJ in the news: You can’t blame immigrants for gun violence
CJCJ's Mike Males on the truth about gun violence, gun control, and youth of color.
CJCJ in the news: As Juvenile Arrests Plummet, California Still Investing in Incarceration Facilities
The Chronicle of Social Change highlights advocacy by CJCJ and others to use state funds for local innovative programming-based juvenile justice facilities.
Violence Forecast: Sunny with an Occasional Hail of Bullets
Violence trends make fools of its debaters — or would, if anyone called them to account.
More money, more beds?
Kate McCracken discusses the upcoming allocation of $80 million dollars in construction funding for juvenile facilities in California, and suggests the state think outside the box.
CJCJ in the news: Committee backs "Audrie's Law" after provision removed
Under pressure from CJCJ and other youth advocates, controversial bill removes "mandatory minimum sentencing" provision.
An American Gun Death Every 16 Minutes in 2011
Senior Research Fellow Mike Males: But no one likes to talk about who's dying from guns, or how.
Scared of Gun Violence? Run INTO a School!*
School and college campuses account for 5 out of every 10,000 shootings in the United States, but occupy 90% of our discussion of gun violence.
Keep mandatory minimums out of the juvenile justice system
SB 838 would establish the first mandatory minimum sentences in California's juvenile justice system. These sentences are punitive, reject the notion of rehabilitation, and do not prevent crime. Help…
“Demographic Scapegoating”: How Leaders and Interests Profit from Social Crises
While invoking tones of concern and inclusion, American leaders exploit social problems to flatter powerful older constituencies by stigmatizing young people
New Complications Challenge No-Complications-Allowed Gun Debate
A gun-control lobby's incisive report disputes mass-shooting dogmas. A woman-hating shooter's rampage defies popular answers. Yet, America's gun policy debate remains rooted in ancient prejudices.
Challenging Biases Against Economic Justice and Respectful Treatment of Youth
Economic justice and respectful treatment for young people in policy and discussion forums are both a moral imperative and epitomize the best of "what works" in criminal justice. I feel the Juvenile…
A Quest for Democracy in Sacramento
On May 19, over 200 individuals came to the capitol as part of the second annual Formerly Incarcerated People’s Quest for Democracy.
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting May 8, 2014
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
Positive Efforts Toward Decreasing California's Pretrial Population
Unsentenced individuals comprise over 60% of California's statewide jail population. Therefore, decreasing the number of people detained pretrial can alleviate unnecessary use of jail beds and…
CJCJ Statement on the Governor’s Budget May Revision for FY 2014-15
CJCJ's response to Governor Jerry Brown's FY 2014-15 Budget May Revision.
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting March 13, 2014
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
Why Statistical Bigotry Is Just Bigotry, Round 2
Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson shows once again how statistics are misused to justify prejudicial policing
Asm. Ammiano: “We can’t punish them into success”
Today, the state Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment held a hearing on juvenile justice reform. The experts unanimously emphasized data collection and use in decision making.

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