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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…
Undue Influence: the power of Police and Prison Guards' Unions
Undue Influence: the power of Police and Prison Guards' Unions National Radio Project, August 7, 2012
An uncertain future for California's Higher Education
California is home to one of the finest higher education systems in the world; a catalyst for innovation, job creation, and academic excellence.  This includes the California Community Colleges,…
A call for shared sacrifice on juvenile corrections budget
The Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Public Safety are being pressured to reconsider the Governor's revised cost-saving proposal for the state's youth correctional system, the Division of…
CJCJ Newsletter - Publications reveal CA political imbalances
Who’s deciding California’s legislative priorities?
The winnowing of California's Judiciary
California is home to the largest court system in the county.  On any given day these courts oversee proceedings that range from very high profile criminal prosecutions to the most mundane of civil…
The Not-So-Shared Sacrifice of Californians
The Not-So-Shared Sacrifice of Californians California Progress Report, May 24, 2012
Who is deciding California's budget priorities?
This week, both the Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees on pubic safety held hearings on Governor Brown's revised proposal for the state's youth correctional facilities, Division of Juvenile…

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