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DJF Mental Health Experts Resign
On August 2, 2010, the court in the Farrell litigation concluded that Dr. Eric Trupin and Dr. Terry Lee have resigned from their positions as Mental Health experts in the case.   This is compelling…
Ventura: Overcrowded and Understaffed
Current information available on the DJF creates concern in regard to the level of rehabilitative care provided in Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.  In the Fifteenth Special Master Report, filed…
CJCJ co-hosts the Correctional Crisis Conference
In June 2010 the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice entered into a unique partnership with the California Correctional Peace Officer's Association by co-hosting the Correctional Crisis…
New Report Released: "The California Miracle"
Executive Director Daniel Macallair and Senior Research Fellow Mike Males investigate the validity of the Incapacitation Theory through the recent report titled "The California Miracle: Drastically…
DJF promotes 85% compliance, but let's not forget the past...
Recently, the Department of Juvenile Facilities (formerly known as the California Youth Authority) claimed to be in 85% compliance with the consent decree under the Farrell litigation.  This…
The $100,000 bed
About a week ago someone sent me a story in the Pahrump Valley Times about a proposed new jail. For those not familiar with Pahrump, it is a town of about 25,000 located about 60 miles west of…
The epidemic of abuse continues
In my most recent post I said that I would continue my investigation of what I termed an "epidemic" of abuse inside juvenile institutions.  This led me first to the state of Mississippi. In…
Public Relations and the California Youth Corrections System
Daniel Macallair, MPA, Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, article titled "Wasting Tax Dollars: Public Relations and the California Youth Corrections System " was…
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…
Fiscal Savings through Alternative Sentencing
The January 2010 special report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) titled "The Extravagance of Imprisonment Revisited " analyzes the cost effectiveness of alternative…
More Abuse in Youth Prisons
In the two most recent blogs, Dan Macallair called attention to the continued abuse being reported by the news media.  He first noted reports dating back to the 19 th century in the San Francisco…
Broadcast: The Problem of Prison Overcrowding in California
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Program Director Gerald Miller offers his insight on the overcrowding of California prisons.  He discusses the criminalization of unwanted social behaviors,…
Abuse in the LA County Juvenile Justice System
In my previous blog I wrote about the endemic nature of abuse in juvenile institutions. No sooner had I written that blog than the following article appeared in the Los Angeles Times regarding the…
Abuse in Youth Correctional Institutions
One of the most common examples of widespread abuse in American juvenile correctional institutions is the callous and malicious treatment often employed by institutional staff.  Institutional abuse…
Three judges and the California prison system
The recent decision by the three judge panel in the Coleman/Plata case should be applauded as a short but positive step forward in forcing some degree of sanity upon the broken California prison…
Daniel Macallair: Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System
Read Executive Director Daniel Macallairs piece in BeyondChron on Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System
The end of an era?
A story in the Los Angeles Times caught my eye.  The title tells most of the story: "California to close its largest juvenile prison ." The institution is the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional…
Now the hard part of prison reform...
Last month, CJCJ released a detailed study documenting the feasibility, benefits, and cost savings of closing California's juvenile prison system and transferring its dwindling roster of inmates to…
The Return of the Chain Gang
In my previous blog I referenced a recent book by Douglas Blackmon on the subject of convict leasing.  One of the enduring offshoots of this system has been the "chain gang," popularized by the film…
Fix the Prisons? Part II
I stated in Part I of this blog that the prison system is "functional" in that it benefits some segments of the population.  One obvious segment it benefits is all of those who work inside.  Indeed,…
Fix the Prisons? Part I
Senator Jim Webb, an outspoken critic of America's prison system, has argued that we need to "fix our prisons" (Parade Magazine ), I would like to offer a different perspective and pose the…
Dreams from the Monster Factory
Sunny Schwartz writes about her extraordinary work transforming the San Francisco jails from “monster factories” that foster violence, rage, and better criminals, into places that could…
Prison Expansion in a Time of Austerity: An Analysis of the Governor's Proposed New Prison in Delano
Prison Expansion in a Time of Austerity: An Analysis of the Governor's Proposed New Prison in Delano
AB 900 - Response from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
AB 900 - Response from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Third Special Master Report Filed in Farrell v. Hickman: Implementation of Remedial Plans Only Just Beginning
Third Special Master Report Filed in Farrell v. Hickman: Implementation of Remedial Plans Only Just Beginning

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