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County approves jail contracts
County approves jail contracts Daily Journal, May 9, 2012
Study: Long-term juvenile incarceration fails to decrease reoffending rates
A March 2011 study through the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) concludes that long-term juvenile incarceration does not decrease reoffending, and may actually…
Juvenile Dept. Worried about Housing High-risk Offenders
Juvenile Dept. Worried about Housing High-risk Offenders Central Coast News KION/KCBA, February 2, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown plans $1 billion in prison cuts
Gov. Jerry Brown plans $1 billion in prison cuts San Francisco Chronicle, January 15, 2012
State spends 8 times more than counties to jail juvenile offenders
State spends 8 times more than counties to jail juvenile offenders Manteca Bulletin, January 13, 2012
Executive Director Daniel Macallair will present at Capitol Weekly Conference
Save the Date: November 17, 2011 .  CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair will be speaking at California's Prisons: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly , hosted by Capitol Weekly and the University of…
Paradise Lost: Hawaii's Twenty Years of Failed Juvenile Corrections Reform [video]
Who is in the SHU? The need for reform in prison isolation units
Demonstrations are taking place at Governors' offices across the country  today in New York, Connecticut, and Illinois in solidarity with those pushing for basic rights and humane conditions…
Privatization of prisons hinders criminal justice reform
Despite declining crime rates, incarceration rates are at an all time high in the United States with 2 million adults in prison, including 150,000 in California institutions.  The number of people in…
Conditions in California's SHU
On July 1, 2011, eleven inmates in the Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU) began a hunger strike to protest the egregious conditions of their confinement.  In particular, they…
New report, same problems: DJF's prolonged progress
Last week, just prior to the Farrell hearing, the Office of the Special Master released the 18th report documenting DJF's efforts to comply with the remedial plans' minimum standards of care.  It…
Unmet promises subject DJF wards to unconstitutional conditions
Thursday morning's Farrell hearing did not reach a decision.   The purpose of the hearing was to consider the Prison Law Office's (plaintiff) motion to hold DJF (defendant) in contempt of court for…
Exposing the Truth about Ventura's treatment of youth
The Department of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) has responded to the Prison Law Office's allegations stating that Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) is in fact providing adequate educational and…
Farrell Litigation Introductory Video
Farrell Litigation Timeline
Farrell Litigation Timeline
The San Francisco Industrial School [Video]
Flawed programming for DJF youth needing sexual behavior treatment
The most recent evidence of California's Division of Juvenile Facilities' (DJF) continued failure is documented in a report highlighting the State's inability to provide sufficient programming to…
Release the Real Low Risk Prisoners
As the state of California responds to the recent Supreme Court decision ordering the release of 30,000 or more prisoners, there needs to be an awareness of what kinds of prisoners pose the greatest…
Goodbye Preston
In 1894, the Preston School of Industry opened its doors and begun a 119-year legacy of maltreatment.  Located in Ione, Amador County, this archaic institution was built based on a 19th Century model…
"Dehumanizing" treatment of wards at DJF facilities continues
After eight years of ongoing attempts to bring California's Department of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) up to constitutional requirements, the "DJJ continues to deprive youth of fundamental rights…
California and the Prison Crisis
California has been facing a prison crisis for decades and it has been constantly flip-flopping.  Back in 2007 Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton summed it up well saying that when it comes to…
San Quentin State Prison
On March 17, 2011 CJCJ staff toured San Quentin State Prison with the kind permission and supervision of Lieutenant Samuel Robinson.  San Quentin State Prison, home to 4,999 incarcerated men and…
Realignment: Can California counties adequately serve the DJF population?
There are currently 1,262 youths confined in DJF facilities (Dec. 2010).  Recent plans to close Preston YCF by June 2011 will result in a further reduction of the population.  Moreover, plans to…
DJF Review: Six years later...
The Sixteenth Special Master Report, filed November 22, 2010, summarized the past and present status of DJF's progress to implement Farrell reforms.   Since 2004, when DJF signed the consent decree,…
California Prison Crisis Goes All the Way to the Supreme Court
The case is Schwarzenegger v. Plata and it epitomizes the dire circumstances of the nation's penal system.  With more than 2 million locked up on any given day, including about 1.5 million in…

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