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Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting January 16, 2014
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
President Obama to Youth of Color: You’re on Your Own
Mike Males critiques the President's new My Brother's Keeper initiative, asking why the federal government is not investing in measures to reduce youth poverty.
Inflamed Rhetoric, Senseless Killings, Light Verdicts: Grownups, “Stand Your Ground”
Senior Research Fellow Mike Males examines myths related to youth crime in light of the Michael Dunn verdict.
Is "Child Prostitution" the Real "Epidemic"?
There are much larger, unmentioned "epidemics" behind what we call "child prostititution" authorities and media splashes are refusing to confront
Millions of new dollars to fight Chicago "youth violence" -- but no new ideas
The new Get In Chicago partnership is raising tens of millions of dollars to "tackle juvenile violence" and wants "fresh approaches." Our first suggestion: stop tackling "juvenile violence" and start…
Only Certain Young Victims Matter
Americans fixate on the 5% of killings that involve youthful gunmen and/or mass shooters and ignore the other 95%. Unfortunately, we largely dismiss the 99% of rapes that do not involve young…
The White House Should Quit Grandstanding and Confront Serious Realities About Rape
Rape and sexual assault are too devastating for the kind of superficial exploitation the Obama adminstration, leading interests, and the press display.
CJCJ Statement on Governor Brown’s FY 14-15 Budget Proposal
On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed FY 2014-15 Budget for California . CJCJ applauds the Governor’s willingness to adopt some of the systemic changes…
California Set to Begin Policymaking in 2014
This month California’s policymakers will return to Sacramento and begin addressing some of the state’s pressing justice issues. The public and stakeholders alike should use these…
OP-ED: A New Year and New Opportunity for Policy Reform in California
CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, discusses California's public policy priorities in 2014.
A New Year and New Opportunity for Policy Reform in California
In 2014, community advocates and state policymakers should work together to continue focus on three policy areas and develop solutions that reflect the experiences of California’s most…
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting November 15, 2013
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
Another Round of "Knockout Game" Idiocy
Many reporters and experts seem sadistically bent on creating fear in an aging population by manufacturing endless teen-violence panics
Big Government Must Embrace Big Data
California is the tech center of the world, filled with a richness of technical expertise and innovation. The state now needs political leadership to develop policy that leverages these elements to…
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting September 25, 2013
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting September 12, 2013
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
Partnership for a Drug-Wrecked America
The Partnership has been an instrumental lobby spending billions of dollars on decades of misdirected, billion-dollar "drug free" ad campaigns that are really designed to protect powerful legal-drug…
Justice-Involved Californians Deserve a Second Chance at Success
Applying for a job is tough, particularly in this challenging economic climate. For those Californians with a criminal history, the obstacles for getting employment often appear insurmountable.
CJCJ Newsletter - Tell the Governor to sign these bills!
A run down of California's legislative session, SF's Due Process for All Ordinance, and a call for your support of Cameo House.
California Poised to Adopt Necessary Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reforms
Both the legislature and Governor Brown are currently reviewing a wide range of juvenile and criminal justice policies that will have a long-term impact on the state. Here's a breakdown of key bills.
CJCJ Newsletter - We can end the prison crisis safely
Tell the Gov. you don't support prison expansion, attend the drug policy conference of the year, and read about the intersection of immigration and criminal justice.
CJCJ opposes governor's $315 million prison fix
Expensive short-term custodial solutions will not solve California's prison crisis and does not serve public safety interests.
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting August 2013
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting July 2013
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
California Assembly Holds Hearing on Building Safe and Successful Schools
On Wednesday, June 12th, the California State Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color brought together policymakers, grassroots advocates, youth, educators, and concerned…

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