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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…
Legislative update: proposed California criminal justice policy, June 2013
The California state legislature just completed a pivotal phase in the legislative process. CJCJ reviews key criminal justice policies currently under consideration.
AB 915: A continued vision for juvenile justice reform in California
Unfortunately, AB 915 did not make it off the Assembly Appropriations suspense file on Friday, May 24. This ends the current legislative path for the bill, but its legacy and vision remain…
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting May 2013
Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
Merging BSCC leadership roles limits opportunities for reform
On May 15, 2013, Governor Brown submitted a budget trailer bill that makes concerning changes to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).
Brown’s revised budget discriminates against the mentally ill
Brown's budget revives a killed bill that requires state parole, rather than community supervision, for certain people who have suffered from mental illness.
Grassroots Leaders to Legislators: We Have the Right To Remain Unsilent!
On May 13, 2013: Formerly Incarcerated People's Quest for Democracy Legislative Briefing on polices that impact the ability of formerly incarcerated people to fully participate in society.
The complex link between incarceration and public safety
Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding focuses on increasing incarceration, rather than enhancing public safety.
Underaged & Suppressed?
Mike Males asserts that young people are politically vulnerable and scapegoated when it comes to gun control laws. Listen to the discussion on HuffPost Live.
Brown can release prisoners early without compromising public safety
Gov. Brown must reduce the state's prison population by 10,000 people or be held in contempt of Court. Systematically releasing low-risk inmates is a safe and just way to meet this mandate.
Boston Bombings
It has now been more than a week since the dramatic event that came at the end of the annual Boston Marathon. What concerns me the most is the media coverage and what many would call an overreaction…
Against violence and against incarceration
Anti-violence activists, who often demand harsher penalties for offenders, tend to work in opposition to those fighting overuse of incarceration, who call for the opposite. This antagonism leaves…
Police hiring boom hits Bay Area departments
After years of cutbacks, layoffs -- and now climbing crime rates -- police departments throughout the Bay Area have begun taking on new recruits again.
Charles Manson and the politics of fear
Forty-three years ago, Charles Manson and his “Family” of disciples brutally murdered nine innocent people in Los Angeles. The killings are among the most notorious in the nation’s…
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting Jan. 2013
Unofficial notes from the Jan. 17, 2013 meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.
The BSCC: A continued promise of oversight
The tapestry of California's criminal justice system is populated with state agencies, each working to improve corrections and rehabilitation.  While frequently unrecognized by an understandably busy…
Federal takeover of Oakland police offers opportunities in new year
By Mike Males & Anthony Bernier Oakland, California's, troubled police department is the first ever to be taken over completely by a federal judge and his appointed director. Oakland's newest…
SF juvenile probation chief explores arming officers
SF juvenile probation chief explores arming officers Bay Citizen, December 21, 2012
Newtown massacre renews assault gun fight
Newtown massacre renews assault gun fight San Francisco Chronicle, December 18, 2012
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting Nov. 2012
Unofficial notes from the Nov. 8, 2012 meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Heller de Leon.
Election Day: Criminal justice reform on the ballot
Election Day has arrived and California has 3 ballot initiatives that directly impact our state criminal justice system.  Prop 34: Support California voters reinstated the death penalty in 1978,…
California and juvenile justice realignment: Solid ideas, shaky execution
While Texas and Missouri continue to make steady, substantial steps towards juvenile justice realignment (as mentioned recently by CJCJ), California seems mired in a state of indecision.  Though…
Increased higher education spending enhances public safety and deters crime
California's budget demonstrates a commitment to correctional spending despite continued funding cuts to other important social services. According to California Common Sense , since 1980…
Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting Sept. 2012
Unofficial notes from the Nov. 8, 2012 meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Heller de Leon.
Overcrowded jails, the bail industry, and pretrial alternatives
This month is the Justice Policy Institute (JPI)'s Bail Reform Month . Their national public education campaign provides research showing that "money bail is a failed policy that does not protect…

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