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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…
“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
Apartheid Schooling
Senior Researcher Randy Shelden discusses wealth and income inequality in this CJCJ blog.
Why not a war on child poverty?
Senior Research Fellow Mike Males is featured in Reuters discussing youth crime and poverty.
Why Statistical Bigotry Is Just Bigotry, Round 2
Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson shows once again how statistics are misused to justify prejudicial policing
Kicked Out of School for Not Being “Feminine” Enough
Girls growing up face hurdles concerning gender identity and this bears directly to what they face upon entering the juvenile justice system.
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.
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…
Being a Young African American Basketball Player is Dangerous to Your Health
They were walking this time. But I guess it does not matter whether you are standing still, walking or just sitting. If you are a young African American man living in an urban area, you are fair game…
New laws to help Californians clean up their records
Two bills passed this year will help Californians with criminal histories reduce their barriers to employment and housing in 2014.
Providing hope and kindness to our children this winter
CJCJ is very fortunate to work with extraordinary organizations that are committed to providing comfort and compassion to society’s most vulnerable members. Meet the Family Giving Tree.
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
Knockout game: Videos of the teen attacks go viral; the crime’s not viral
Knockout game: A violent teen prank – seen in videos, but probably still an isolated trend – highlights the need to establish strong connections between young people and their community.
Sealing Juvenile Records: A Good First Step to Successful Reentry
Even for adults who are on track for successful reentry, a juvenile adjudication can still create many barriers to success. Sealing a juvenile record is one remedy that could provide valuable relief…
The Storm Has Arrived: Veterans in the Criminal Justice System
November 11th has been set aside to honor those who have served their country in the various branches of the military rarely a population that is recognized is the veterans sitting in jails and…
Immigration consequences of criminal convictions
There are many collateral consequences to criminal convictions in California, such as barriers to employment, housing, and social services. An additional concern that criminal defense attorneys…
Ella Baker Has a New Boss; Meet Problem-Solver Zach Norris
This article featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange discusses new leadership at the Ella Baker Center in Oakland.
The Face of Poverty in California
Poor people do not shoulder the burden alone; we all share the cost, whether we acknowledge it or not. Given this impact, what is the face of poverty in California?
Weed more likely than rape to get immigrant detained, report charges
A new report suggests that a suspected undocumented immigrant convicted of possessing pot may be more likely to face immigration detention than one who’s been convicted of rape.

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