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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 California counties may request portions of $500 million to fund jail construction. 

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 California counties. 

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 decisions will unquestionably have a long-term impact for all Californians.

BSCC Town Hall in Oakland

Over 300 community members recently gathered in Oakland’s Imani Community Church to hear about a transformative moment in California’s criminal justice system: Proposition 47.

Increasing Public Engagement with California's BSCC

The February 12 BSCC Board meeting in Ventura saw promising developments, but the agency must be transparent and inclusive of those communities most impacted by their decisions.

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.

California Must Prioritize Pretrial Services Before Expansion of Adult Facilities

After California’s legislature approved $500 million dollars in construction funding to local adult criminal justice facilities, the state is now in a position to determine what type of facilities it should invest in.

After Proposition 47: Following the money

Two weeks ago, California voters ushered in a landmark opportunity to reduce the state’s over-reliance on incarceration. Now it's up to advocates to make sure the savings get into the right hands.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting July 10, 2014

Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.

July Newsletter: Advancing Alternatives to Incarceration

In Fresno, a community-based approach to pretrial reform; Expert helps Cameo House strengthen its women-centered approach; A new approach for juvenile facilities in California.

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.

CJCJ in the news: As Juvenile Arrests Plummet, California Still Investing in Incarceration Facilities

The Chronicle of Social Change highlights advocacy by CJCJ and others to use state funds for local innovative programming-based juvenile justice facilities.

More money, more beds?

Kate McCracken discusses the upcoming allocation of $80 million dollars in construction funding for juvenile facilities in California, and suggests the state think outside the box.

An Opportunity for Juvenile Justice Innovation in California

Counties currently seeking state funding have both immense responsibility to ensure continued best practices, and the valuable opportunity to build bridges between justice-involved youth and the communities to which they will return. 

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting May 8, 2014

Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.

State Committee Recommends a Need for Data and Accountability

On Thursday, May 8, California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) heard a series of presentations from its Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC) around data, education, and disproportionate minority contact or confinement in the juvenile justice system.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting March 13, 2014

Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting January 16, 2014

Unofficial notes from the meeting, taken by CJCJ's Brian Goldstein.

California Set to Begin Policymaking in 2014

This month California’s policymakers will return to Sacramento and begin addressing some of the state’s pressing justice issues. The public and stakeholders alike should use these different venues to advocate for a more balanced justice system that focuses on alternatives to incarceration and produce positive safety outcomes.

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.

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) 1022With this legislation, California will allocate $500 million in revenue lease bonds for counties to construct adult criminal justice facilities. 

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