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Why more states are considering marijuana legalization
The Christian Science Monitor cites CJCJ's report "Reforming Marijuana Laws: Which Approach Best Reduces the Harms of Criminalization? A Five-State Analysis" when discussing Oregon's legalization of…
June news from CJCJ
Advocates voice concerns with $500 million for facility construction; San Francisco County holds hearing on bias in the justice system; CJCJ adult client gives back.
For males of color, status is mixed
The Californian covers CJCJ's Brian Goldstein's testimony on the status of boys and men of color in Monterey County.
May news from CJCJ
The plummeting arrest rates of California's children; Patti Lee honored as a trailblazer of juvenile justice reform; and California leaders work to implement Prop 47.
CJCJ in the news: Black women in San Francisco arrested way more often than white women, report shows
Fusion shares CJCJ's recent factsheet on the disproportionately high arrests rates of black women in San Francisco compared to their white counterparts.
Two Nations, One Black, One White, Separate and Unequal
So it was said, almost 50 years ago, by the Kerner Commission, in their report on the riots of the 1960s. Their exact words were : “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one…
CJCJ in the news: The over-policing of black women in SF
San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, discusses CJCJ's recent report on the city's disproportionate arrests of African American women.
CJCJ in the news: S.F. police scandal focuses on dwindling number of blacks
The Los Angeles Times highlights CJCJ's 2012 report on San Francisco's disproportionate arrests of African Americans for drug felonies.
Disgraceful Rhetoric from Baltimore
Rhetoric blaming youth for destruction in Baltimore reinforces America’s troubling historical narrative against the young and poor.
April News from CJCJ
Formerly incarcerated Californians advocate for reform; San Francisco's Racially Disproportionate Arrest Rates Persist; CJCJ youth client gets a fresh start
Books not Bars is Right
A person's education level doesn't just correlate to employment and salary — it's also correlated with a person's likelihood of being murdered.
Killing by California Law Enforcement: It Is What You Think (Part II)
Those most at risk of being killed by officers (rates 2.5 to 20 times the state average): Native Americans ages 20-44; African Americans ages 15-49 and 65-69; Latinos ages 20-34.
"Young black men" is not a metaphor for violence
The failures of local authorities to hold police accountable for killing unarmed black men deserve angry condemnation -- not more stereotyping.
CJCJ's Daniel Macallair Speaks on Bail Industry
CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair speaks with San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on the challenges with our bail system and need for pretrial reform.
Fact-Checking Bill O’Reilly on Police, Killing and Race
Fox's Bill O'Reilly's commentary citing CJCJ statistics failed to note our data showing African Americans are much more likely than whites to be killed by police. Unjustifiable police killings of…
A Shifting America: Latinos and a Health Equity-Centered Approach to Juvenile Justice
Residents of East Salinas are looking to indigenous practices to change their county’s approach to juvenile justice.
CJCJ releases new resource to help people get a fresh start
CJCJ, with generous support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation , is thrilled to announce the launch of Seal It , a new resource to help people seal their juvenile records.
The Sixties Have Returned in Ferguson
The continuing protests in Missouri show that racial segregation in the US is just as problematic as it was in the '60s.
Ferguson and the militarization of the police
"The behavior of the police in Ferguson, were it conducted by soldiers or Marines in Iraq or Afghanistan, would be viewed as violations of the Rules of Engagement and result in Court Martials."
Who Are Police Killing?
Over the last four decades, some 15,000 Americans have been killed by law enforcement officers. Native Americans are most at risk, followed by African Americans.
Violence Prevention has a New Champion
After seven amazing years of dedicated work, Kate McCracken, CJCJ’s Director of Policy and Development, will be moving her efforts into a specific violence prevention role as a Senior Planner…
Scapegoating the Poor
The story of a single working mother who faces a decade in prison for allowing her daughter to play in a park unsupervised demonstrates our foolish reliance on incarceration and punishment as a way…
Who's Threatening Murrieta's "Safety"?
A California city's mayor and shouting protestors claim 140 Latino women and child immigrants threaten their town's "safety." The city's own crime statistics suggest otherwise.
Debtor’s Prisons, Part II
Senior Research Fellow explores the concept of the debtor's prison in this CJCJ blog.
Remembering John Vasconcellos
With the death of former State Senator John Vasconcellos on May 29, the California criminal justice reform community lost one of its great champions. Vasco, as he was affectionately known, was one of…

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