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January Newsletter: Proposed Ballot Initiative to Repeal Direct File
CJCJ offers a new free resource for youth, KQED's Forum interviews CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair , and Governor Brown announces new ballot initiative to repeal direct file.
2016-17 budget continues California's dependency on incarceration
$250 million for adult facility construction funding and increased funding to DJJ, but only $29.3 million in Prop. 47 savings?
CJCJ in the news: California prison reforms have reduced inmate numbers, not costs
Reuters quotes CJCJ's Executive Director, Daniel Macallair, on why the costs of incarceration are increasing in California, despite the declining prison population.
New Centers for Disease Control report shows U.S. officials still won’t address gun violence
Political leaders prefer relying on remedial programs rather than confronting widespread poverty and inequality.
CJCJ in the news: Why the GOP Must Discuss #BlackLivesMatter in the Next Debate
The Huffington Post cites an article by CJCJ's Mike Males, "Who Are Police Killing?", to discuss police violence against African-Americans.
The Business of Guns
Even after all the mass shootings in the U.S, few are talking about two important issues: American gun culture and the business of guns. Gun deathse are expected to surpass vehicale deaths in 2015,…
Guns: Amid more tragedy, the hopeful realities everyone ignores
There are some surprisingly positive developments for politicians and lobbyists ready to conclude today’s endless quarrel.
CJCJ in the news: Native Lives Matter, Too
The New York Times tracts the disparate killings of Native Americans by police officers, citing CJCJ as one of the few sources that covered this issue.
Monterey County residents discuss impact of Proposition 47
On September 10, local elected officials, community leaders, and neighbors in Monterey County’s City of Seaside gathered to learn about the impact of Proposition 47 on state policymaking and…
Obama blames “teenagers doing stupid things” for drugs, crime, imprisonment
We need a modern strategy that treats crime as a behavior of individuals, not demographic groups, and a criminal justice system that responds to individual characteristics. These four charts show…
California crime keeps going down in 2014
This month, the Attorney General of California released new data for 2014 showing that crime in the state continued its downward trend.
CJCJ in the news: Why Bill Clinton admitted being wrong on crime
CJCJ's Mike Males is featured as a guest on the Huffington Post Live's discussion about the Clinton admnistration's effect on crime and what the change in public opinion means for Hilary Clinton's…
Does Anyone Have a Solution to Gun Violence?
Gun violence is horrific. Why are we tolerating today’s going-nowhere political debate?
A Modest Theory of Why Conservatives Suddenly Champion Criminal Justice Reform
A sudden conversion to religious forgiveness and fiscal prudence on prison budgets? There’s a more plausible reason, one no one is talking about.
Why Do We Resist Individualized Justice?
“Demographic determinism” persists even among progressives. It needs to stop.
CJCJ's legislative priorities for 2015
CJCJ and our allies are working to enact systemic reforms to make California's criminal and juvenile justice systems more humane, fair, and effective. Learn about some of the bills we're supporting.
March News from CJCJ
California allies convene to keep youth out of the adult system; CJCJ testifies on the consequences of a felony conviction; CJCJ program pairs college students with youth in Juvenile Hall
New Report on Crime Decline Repeats Old Myths
A new report concludes that a drop in the youth population may have contributed to a drop in crime — but the data show the opposite to be true.
BSCC Town Hall in Oakland
Over 300 community members recently gathered in Oakland’s Imani Community Church to hear about a transformative moment in California’s criminal justice system: Proposition 47.
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…
Increasing Public Engagement with California's BSCC
The February 12 BSCC Board meeting in Ventura saw promising developments, but the agency must be transparent and inclusive of those communities most impacted by their decisions.
Brown’s budget misses opportunity to shrink prison system
Despite the lowest crime rate in decades, and recent and potential reductions in the prison population, Brown continues to up prison spending and expand capacity.
Legal marijuana did not lead to increase in deadly “driving while stoned”
Colorado and Washington saw a drop in fatal car accidents involving marijuana, but still fail to produce sufficient data to track reforms.
California Must Prioritize Pretrial Services Before Expansion of Adult Facilities
After California’s legislature approved $500 million dollars in construction funding to local adult criminal justice facilities, the state is now in a position to determine what type of…
Killing by Law Enforcement in California: It’s Not What You Think (Part I)
The deadliest cities: (1) Eureka, (2) Desert Hot Springs, (3) Vista, (4) Perris, (5) San Bernardino, (6) Moreno Valley, (7) Hemet, (8) Compton, (9) Inglewood, (10) Indio

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