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OP-ED: A New Year and New Opportunity for Policy Reform in California

CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, discusses California's public policy priorities in 2014.

A New Year and New Opportunity for Policy Reform in California

In 2014, community advocates and state policymakers should work together to continue focus on three policy areas and develop solutions that reflect the experiences of California’s most vulnerable populations.

The state of disproportionate minority contact: San Francisco & beyond
The execution of justice is not always neutral.  Unfortunately, racial discrimination remains deeply imbedded in the policies and practices of the justice system, and not merely a relic of the past.  For example, minority youth are disproportionately affected with higher arrest and confinement rates than White youth.  Experts identify this phenomenon as Disproportionate Minority Contact/Confinement (DMC).  This is a widely recognized problem, one already given considerable attention by law…

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