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Civil Immigration Detention is Not an Appropriate Use of Local Jails
CJCJ's Brian Goldstein Op-ed in the California Progress Report considers if federal immigration enforcement should consume finite local public safety resources and capacity.
Are Immigration Detainer Practices Rational?
New study casts doubt on efficacy of immigration and public safety intersection.
Immigration Detainer Requests for Low Priority Marijuana Arrests
Fact Sheet on ICE hold requests for people with marijuana convictions in California, Oct. 2009 to Feb. 2013.
Jail Population Management Strategies in a Post-Realignment Era
This fact sheet lists four available deliberate interventions that counties can employ to alleviate jail bed space and improve public safety outcomes.
The Unnecessary Detention of Undocumented Youth
Fact Sheet on law enforcement responses to ICE hold requests for youth in California, Oct. 2009 to Feb. 2013.
Why the Gigantic, Decades-Long Drop in Black Youth Crime Threatens Major Interests
How can such an encouraging development as a massive drop in youth crime be treated as such bad news that no one will even talk about it? It's worse than that: politicians, crime lobbies, and the…
Mr. President (and Bill O’Reilly): How Did Trayvon Martin “Mess Up”?
Statistical bigotry is just bigotry. Though selectively applied to create fear toward young black men, it can be used to stigmatize any group in society, as illustrated here.
Exclusion from the ACA heightens punishments for undocumented immigrants
While the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an exciting step in our society’s health care reform, its exclusion of undocumented immigrants will only further highlight the…
The Color-Line in American Criminal Justice
W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared in his 1903 work, On the Souls of Black Folk , “for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”. Issues of race remain highly…
Hope for a healthier criminal justice system
With the implementation of the United States' first national health care system quickly approaching , the Affodable Care Act's effects will soon be seen throughout the country.
A Closer Look at the Aging Prison Population
The number of aging state and federal inmates is rising. Between 1981 and 2010, the number of inmates age 55 and older increased from 8,853 to 124,900.
Raising Victims' Voices
Common wisdom says crime victims favor harsh and punitive criminal justice policies. A new survey of victims shows otherwise.
OP-ED: Opening Our Eyes to Uncomfortable Truths
...when we take into account the level of poverty, kids don’t commit crimes at a higher rate than adults. Take a few seconds and read the previous sentence again.
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future, Part II
This is the second in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
Youth Gangs in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future
This is the first in a series of blogs adapted from the 4th edition of Youth Gangs in American Society by Shelden along with Sharon Tracy and William Brown (Cengage, 2013).
America is Ranked 29th in Child Well-Being
A review of the UNICEF Report on Child Well-being shows the U.S. is near the bottom of the list across every dimension: poverty, health and safety, education, behaviors/risk, and housing/environment.
Meanness and Violence
A colleague and I were talking the other day about how much violence there is in American society. We both admitted that the extent of violence in America exceeded by far every other industrialized…
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.
OP-ED: The Gun Debate, Round 2: Let’s Learn From Young People, Not Demonize Them
"Bad information breeds expedient, ineffective policy, as exemplified by the administration’s surviving gun initiatives..."
212: A Modern History of Youth Bashing – With Mike Males
Author, sociologist and outspoken youth advocate Mike Males s hares his insights on the social, political and cultural problem of blaming, shaming and framing youth.
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…
Gangs taking to the suburbs, including Albemarle
Treating people who come from places where gangs proliferate as gang members themselves only perpetuates the cycle, Maccallair said.
Radio Smart Talk: School Safety
What Sandy Hook [-] did was shine a spotlight on school safety.
The rich get richer while everyone else struggles
A couple of interesting news stories appeared today in the Los Angeles Times. The first one is titled “Forbes' tally of billionaires jumps 16%; Buffett drops in list.” The second is…
Debtor's prisons alive and well
As I have written before jails have been largely reserved for the poor and at one time in history words like jails and poorhouses (along with workhouses and prisons) were used interchangeably.

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