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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 following…
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
OT pushes guard's pay past $100,000
OT pushes guard's pay past $100,000 Chicago Tribune, December 23, 2006
Prison reform: Doing hard time
Prison reform: Doing hard time Orange County Register, August 20, 2006
Special Master's Final Report Filed: Investigate Schwarzenegger's Prison Policy Reversal, Union Ties and the Effect on Reform
Special Master's Final Report Filed: Investigate Schwarzenegger's Prison Policy Reversal, Union Ties and the Effect on Reform
Testing Incapacitation Theory: Youth Crime and Incarceration in California
Testing Incapacitation Theory: Youth Crime and Incarceration in California
Farrell Special Master Report Compliance Tables
A court-appointed Special Master monitors DJF’s compliance with the Farrell consent decree and through the issuance of periodic progress reports. This is a summary of the reports.
Governor Takes On Prison Reform
Governor Takes On Prison Reform The California Report, December 20, 2004
The San Francisco Industrial School and the Origins of Juvenile Justice in California
Daniel Macallair examines the Industrial School’s controversial 33-year history and how it contributed to the development of California juvenile laws, policies, and practices.
The San Francisco Industrial School and the Origins of Juvenile Justice in California: A Glance at the Great Reformation
The San Francisco Industrial School and the Origins of Juvenile Justice in California: A Glance at the Great Reformation
Aftercare as Afterthought: Re-entry and the California Youth Authority
Aftercare as Afterthought: Re-entry and the California Youth Authority

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