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Misdirected Juvenile Justice Consensus Creates Backwards Policy
The historic plunge in juvenile crime threatens key interests. The paradoxical response: revival of the obsolete myth that adolescents are innate criminals.
November BSCC meeting kick starts big projects
Last week, the Board of State and Community Corrections approved $500 million in county facility construction funding and appointed chairs for its Proposition 47 subcommittee.
New Reform: Same as the Old Reform
Two lessons from CJCJ Executive Director Dan Macallair’s new history of California juvenile justice: (1) Beware of the status quo; (2) Beware of “reform.”
September news from CJCJ: Executive Director publishes history of California juvenile justice system
After the Doors Were Locked: California's juvenile justice history; JJS supports youth on Polynesia Violence Prevention Day; CJCJ participates in Monterey County Proposition 47 town hall
CJCJ Founder Passes On
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jerome G. Miller, the visionary leader who closed Massachusetts’s juvenile prisons in the early 1970s and forever changed the context…
CJCJ in the news: San Francisco should fund effective programs, not a new jail
San Francisco County Supervisor, Jane Kim, highlights CJCJ's Cameo House as a model alternative to incarceration for rest of the nation.
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.
Community-Based Leadership of Color is Necessary for Effective Reform
In California, people of color are more strongly represented at every stage of the criminal justice system except in decision-making roles.
Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding
The Associated Press quotes CJCJ's Director of Policy and Development, Brian Goldstein, on the finalized application, approved by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), through which…
Advocacy groups criticize $500 million in local jail funding
The Associated Press reports on CJCJ's criticisms of the rubric by which the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) plans to distribute $500 million in jail construction funding to…
How Will California Spend $500 Million for Criminal Justice Facilities?
On June 10th, California's Board of State and Community Corrections will meet to finalize the request for proposals (RFP) for $500 million in adult facility construction funding. These funding…
California’s opportunity to move beyond prison-like facilities for youth
The punitive prison-like facilities that dominate juvenile corrections are clearly not working. California should use new funding stream to create nurturing, rehabilitative environments.
Funding Local Juvenile Facilities that Meet the Needs of the Future
A tour of Stanislaus Juvenile Correctional Facility provides an example of previous SB 81 spending and highlights some important considerations for the next round of funding over the coming months.
A “Third System” for Incarcerated Young Adults
Justice advocates have been considering a separate system for young adults ages 18 to 25 due to violence in prisons, but would a new system move focus away from reform efforts?
CJCJ in the news: Little-known Agency Central to Criminal Justice Reform
CJCJ's Brian Goldstein comments on the importance of the BSCC — "arguably the most powerful corrections body in the state."
A New Approach for Juvenile Facilities in California
California's Board of State and Community Corrections makes critical decisions on the future of the state's justice-involved youth — and the public is beginning to pay attention.
San Francisco’s Sheriff implements Obamacare
Sheriff Mirkarimi discusses his plans to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in San Francisco.
California to Decide on $500 Million Jail Construction
On December 4-5, 2013, representatives from 36 counties came to Sacramento and made their case to receive jail construction funding available through Assembly Bill (AB) 1022 . With this legislation,…
CJCJ statement on LA jail indictments
Official statement by Executive Director Daniel Macallair on the Los Angeles County jail indictments.
Locked up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfers & the Private Prison Industry
A look at the dangers of relying on interstate transfer of prisoners to reduce overcrowding in state facilities, citing CJCJ's recent study on the topic.
Profit Over Kids: Part III
This is the final blog of a three part series examining for profit youth facilities.
Profit Over Kids: Part II
This is the second installment of a blog series examining private for profit youth prisons.
Profits Over Kids, Part I
In this three-part series Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden examines for-profit youth prisons.
Easing California’s Prison Crisis via Private Prisons is a Bad Idea
Private prisons are not the answer to California's prison overcrowding crisis.
Cynthia Brown assumes leadership role at Ventura, but for how long?
Another change in management at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility casts doubt on reform success.

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