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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.
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.

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