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California's Radical De-Incarceration Experiment
Mike Males discusses California's deincarceration movement in the California Progress Report.
'Audrie's Law' targets rapes of passed-out teens
Senate Bill 838, "Audrie's Law" would expand the ability of prosecutors to unilaterally charge youth as adults. Is this another example of knee-jerk policy?
CJCJ Newsletter - AB 109 Realignment and crime: No statewide pattern
New analysis of 2012 data shows no correlation between public safety realignment and crime, Cameo House in the news, and a thank you to our generous donors!
A Modern Understanding of a Long Ago Confession and a Boy’s Execution
An in-depth look at the George Stinney case and what it could mean for juvenile justice policy almost 70 years later.
Post-Realignment prison admissions increase in 2013
Fact sheet analyzing new prison admissions by quarter shows admissions for property and drug crimes are on the rise in 2013.
California’s Sentencing Quagmire: Is a Commission the Solution?
A statewide Sentencing Commission could initiate much needed sentencing reform and end the prison crisis in the long-term.
Op-ed: Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment
More than 2,500 Californians are serving life sentences in prison for crimes they committed when they were younger than 18. At San Quentin, it is all too common to come across young men serving 35 or…
Little Hoover Commission recommends use of risk/needs assessment in jails
Realignment has elevated concern regarding the intersection of the bail industry and California’s un-sentenced jail population. Many advocates have expressed concern that a significant number…
Raising Victims' Voices
Common wisdom says crime victims favor harsh and punitive criminal justice policies. A new survey of victims shows otherwise.
CJCJ May 2013 Newsletter - An update on the progress of AB 915
A continued observation of CJCJ's reform efforts emphasized by statistically relevant sentencing data.
Despite crime rate, Santa Cruz County sends few to prison
A discussion of Santa Cruz County's low use of incarceration, unique offender demographic, and what is needed for a tailored approach to local crime.
Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety
To meet the court’s mandate by the end of the year, Brown needs to begin releasing identified low-risk inmates now - a step both the federal and the U.S. Supreme Court agree "would be…
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.
Proposition 36: Implementation and Adjudication
On May 2nd, Stanford Law School is hosting a conference on the safe and effective implementation of Proposition 36.
Learning from lifers: sentencing reforms based on empirical evidence
A January 2013 CDCR study finds that “lifers recidivate at markedly lower rates than those who serve determinate sentences.” While this is not necessarily surprising to criminal justice…
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.
Commercial bail vs. Pretrial services
As you walk down Bryant Street in San Francisco, there are many neon-lit signs advertising for available bail services increasing as you move closer to the Hall of Justice. San Francisco is the…
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…
Who is causing crime in California?
Sensationalized stories and anecdotal information in the media over the past year may make you want to hide behind a closed door. In 2011, Realignment caused great concern that floods of state…
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…
CJCJ Newsletter - Criminal justice decision points need deeper reforms
Data-driven analyses hold lessons for practitioners
District Attorneys and criminal justice reform: A necessary partnership
NCCD President Alex Busansky facilitated a conversation, between San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams , on recent justice reforms in…
For Real Prison Reform, Longer is Not Always Better
Last week, while defiantly declaring the end of California's prison crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown insisted further reductions in prison overcrowding "cannot be achieved without the early release of…
Even for violent crimes, longer is not always better
If California hopes to fix its correctional crisis, it needs to broaden its outlook on sentencing reform to address not only low-level offenders, but also those who have committed serious and violent…
For real prison reform, look beyond the Non-Non-Nons
Last week, while defiantly declaring the end of California's prison crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown insisted further reductions in prison overcrowding "cannot be achieved without the early release of…

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