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Informed Policymaking Begins with Data Collection

Recently proposed legislation would expand the California Department of Justice’s data collection apparatus and propel justice system reform.

California Must Prioritize In-Person Visits

California’s county jails are exacerbating the collateral consequences of incarceration by adopting "video visitation" instead of allowing family members and children to visit in person. 

Senate subcommittee votes to improve Prop. 47 funding process

The state legislature hears concerns about the unequal representation of communities most impacted by criminal justice policy.

$250 Million Proposed for Jail Construction Raises Questions from the Legislature

The California Assembly Committee questions the need for an additional $250 Million in local adult facility construction funding.

Spotlight on New Juvenile and Criminal Justice Legislation

Newly proposed legislation would preserve access to in-person visitation, strengthen juvenile data collection, and involve law enforcement officers in diversion.

Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting November 12, 2015

Unofficial meeting minutes from the November 2015 BSCC meeting. 

California Needs Data-driven Juvenile Justice

Data can tell a story. The absence of data and thoughtful analysis can do the same, by illustrating that the state is not adequately prioritizing juvenile justice.

Governor Brown Proposes Additional $250 Million in Adult Facility Construction Funding

Governor Brown’s 2016-2017 budget proposal increases state spending on local criminal justice facilities, while limiting competition for funds.

Proposition 47 Savings: Reinvest in California’s Communities
The BSCC will be hosting  four community meetings in southern California, providing an opportunity for advocates to voice their opinions about how Proposition 47 funding should be used. 
November news from CJCJ

In this issue: CJCJ voices concern about jail funding and Prop. 47 at the BSCC,  Wraparound youth client is ready for a fresh start, and After the Doors Were Locked by Daniel Macallair is now available! 

November BSCC meeting kick starts big projects

Last week, the Board of State and Community Corrections approved $500 million in county facility construction funding and appointed chairs for its Proposition 47 subcommittee.

Monterey County residents discuss impact of Proposition 47

On September 10, local elected officials, community leaders, and neighbors in Monterey County’s City of Seaside gathered to learn about the impact of Proposition 47 on state policymaking and local public safety, 

Assembly Select Committee Hears from Youth of Color

Community groups, advocate organizations, and young people of color who compose the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color meet with legislators, discuss policy, and request that community leaders have input in decisions affecting their neighborhoods.

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.

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