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At $50k a pop, which counties are sending low-level offenders to prison?
At $50k a pop, which counties are sending low-level offenders to prison? KALW News, March 9, 2011.
Shasta County has high number of low-level offenders
Shasta County has high number of low-level offenders Redding Record Searchlight, January 29, 2011.
Ananish Chaudhuri: Throw three 'strikes' out of the ballpark
Ananish Chaudhuri: Throw three 'strikes' out of the ballpark New Zealand Herald, September 30, 2010.
Targeting Blacks for Marijuana - Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08
Targeting Blacks for Marijuana - Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08 The Drug Policy Alliance, June 30, 2010
Fabricating Arizona's "Immigrant Crime Wave"
Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (among others, including prominent Republicans such as Sarah Palin) has repeatedly blamed Arizona's "500,000 illegal aliens" for (in O'Reilly's words) bringing a…
The Supreme Court and Life without Parole
On May 17, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that life sentences without the chance of parole for crimes (except murder) committed by juveniles was unconstitutional, in violation of…
Experts agree Hayes would have tough time getting paroled
Experts agree Hayes would have tough time getting paroled The Stockton Record, May 8, 2010
Experts agree Hayes would have tough time getting paroled
Experts agree Hayes would have tough time getting paroled Stockton Reporter, May 8, 2010.
Death Penalty Vs Life Imprisonment
Death in Decline '09 a report by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California explores life imprisonment as an alternative to the death penalty. It also makes a correlation…
Arguing Against a Life Without the Possibility of Parole for Youth
The March 2010, the American Constitution Society (ACS) released, "A Just Alternative to Sentencing Youth to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole " that provides three arguments against…
CJCJ Supports SB 399
Senate Bill 399 is the California Fair Sentencing for Youth Act introduced by Senator Leland Yee. Current laws allow youth as young as 14 to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole…
CJCJ Opposes AB 2141
Congratulations to Patti Lee and Jeff Adachi of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office for their tireless effort in defeating AB 2141. Patti Lee served as the lead opposition by organizing CJCJ,…
Listen to CJCJ's First Broadcast: The Problem of Prison Overcrowding in California
CJCJ is developing a new component to our public education efforts.  We are creating regular news broadcasts to further educate the public regarding numerous important events occurring within the…
Life for kids: a follow-up
My previous blog concerned the current Supreme Court case about juveniles serving life without the possibility of parole.  I neglected to mention that there are two cases being considered: Sullivan…
Life sentences for kids?
The U.S. Supreme Court will once again take on the issue of excessive punishment for juvenile offenders.  In 2005 they ruled that the death penalty for those under 18 was unconstitutional.   This was…
A Taxpayers Guide to the California Death Penalty
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The racism of marijuana prohibition
The racism of marijuana prohibition Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2009
A Taxpayers Guide to the California Death Penalty
A Taxpayers Guide to the California Death Penalty
Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System
Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System BeyondChron, August 20, 2009
Treating kids under 12 as adults
A new study released by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin illustrates once again the punitiveness that remains an essential feature of American…
Daniel Macallair presents on "Juvenile Incarceration as Mitigation"
Executive Director Daniel Macallair, MPA is the leading national expert on juvenile institutional mitigation. He draws on his twenty-years experience in the development and analysis of youth and…
Daniel Macallair coauthored expert testimony at sentencing
Executive Director Daniel Macallair coauthored expert testimony at sentencing- "Proof of Facts" Daniel Macallair, Executive Director coauthored recent updated version of G. Thomas…
We can't just shoot 'em
California's growing budget crisis and prison lawsuits are focusing more attention on a serious policy question: Are there better ways to reduce crime and treat criminals than by spending $36,000 in…
The Trouble with Disproportionate Minority Confinement
Recent reports by the W. Haywood Burns Institute and NAACP deploring disproportionate minority confinement in juvenile facilities raise an important ongoing issue. It is true, as the Center on…
Myths and facts about "direct file," minorities, and adult-court sentencing
In criminal justice debate and policy, it is important to keep up with often startling realities--and California's contain plenty of surprises. Consider three statements often made about adult-court…

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