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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
CJCJ in the News: The War on Drugs Is Burning Out
Rolling Stone discusses a recent CJCJ report on marijuana reform.
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.

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