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OP-ED: A New Approach Needed for Byrne-JAG Funding in California

CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, discusses Byrne-JAG funding in California.

Fouts Springs: A Model Approach to Serving High-Risk Youth

New study documents legacy of Fouts Springs Youth Facility, a regional facility operated by Solano County that served high-risk youth in lieu of the state youth correctional facilities.

Big Government Must Embrace Big Data

California is the tech center of the world, filled with a richness of technical expertise and innovation. The state now needs political leadership to develop policy that leverages these elements to best serve all Californians.

Justice-Involved Californians Deserve a Second Chance at Success

Applying for a job is tough, particularly in this challenging economic climate. For those Californians with a criminal history, the obstacles for getting employment often appear insurmountable.

The Face of Poverty in California

Poor people do not shoulder the burden alone; we all share the cost, whether we acknowledge it or not. Given this impact, what is the face of poverty in California?

Civil Immigration Detention is Not an Appropriate Use of Local Jails

CJCJ's Brian Goldstein Op-ed in the California Progress Report considers if federal immigration enforcement should consume finite local public safety resources and capacity.

Four Reasons Californians Need Fair Drug Sentencing Reform

This year, Governor Jerry Brown can take a bold step to reform drug sentencing for individuals who posses small quantities of a controlled substance for personal use. Senate Bill 649, authored by State Senator Mark Leno, is a long-term solution that gives California's judges and prosecutors the choice to offer individuals a reduced sentence, when appropriate, for drug possession.

California Poised to Adopt Necessary Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reforms

Both the legislature and Governor Brown are currently reviewing a wide range of juvenile and criminal justice policies that will have a long-term impact on the state. Here's a breakdown of key bills.

Jail Population Management Strategies in a Post-Realignment Era

This fact sheet lists four available deliberate interventions that counties can employ to alleviate jail bed space and improve public safety outcomes.

The Impact of Non-Criminal Immigrant Detentions in California

According to a new CJCJ report, California’s counties have spent significant resources and jail capacity, often at their own expense, to detain suspected undocumented immigrants who do not have a reported criminal history. Yet if this population is notably law-abiding, why are so many of them in our local jails?

Detention of non-criminal individuals has impact on post-Realignment California

CJCJ releases report examining the large number of suspected undocumented immigrants, without a criminal history, who are detained in California’s local jails on non-mandatory holds. 

“Orange is the New Black” Offers Unique Perspective on Prison System

A new original series, Orange is the New Black, has received attention because the show provides a powerful look at our criminal justice system and life in prison. Hopefully this can facilitate a larger conversation about the state of American criminal justice.

The Color-Line in American Criminal Justice

W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared in his 1903 work, On the Souls of Black Folk, “for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”. Issues of race remain highly relevant today for all Americans; even if takes the death of an unarmed African American teenager to remind us of this fact.

W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared in his 1903 work, On the Souls of Black Folk, “for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”. Issues of race remain highly relevant today for all Americans; even if takes the death of an unarmed African American teenager to remind us of this fact.

CA Forward Forum Discusses Split Sentencing in California

Despite their given benefits, what could explain California's disparity in split sentencing and how can counties work to increase their use?

Shutting Down the School-To-Jailhouse Pipeline in California

CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, is featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) discussing the reform efforts that have happened among policymakers and advocacy groups after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Concerns are presented with regard to the the potential over reliance on the juvenile justice system to address issues in the educational environment.

California Assembly Holds Hearing on Building Safe and Successful Schools

On Wednesday, June 12th, the California State Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color brought together policymakers, grassroots advocates, youth, educators, and concerned parents to offer their perspectives on school safety and education needs for youth of color. The hearing elevated voices, which need to be raised more often in Sacramento and across the state. 

Legislative update: proposed California criminal justice policy, June 2013

The California state legislature just completed a pivotal phase in the legislative process. CJCJ reviews key criminal justice policies currently under consideration.

AB 915: A continued vision for juvenile justice reform in California

Unfortunately, AB 915 did not make it off the Assembly Appropriations suspense file on Friday, May 24. This ends the current legislative path for the bill, but its legacy and vision remain undeterred.

Unfortunately, AB 915 did not make it off the Assembly Appropriations suspense file on Friday, May 24. This ends the current legislative path for the bill, but its legacy and vision remain undeterred
Brave Experiment at a California Boys Ranch Pays Off

Increasingly, experts are recognizing that the best way to improve public safety is to rely less on state correctional institutions for treating youth offenders, and more on the dynamic therapeutic approach delivered at the county level.

Building a local foundation for state juvenile justice success

California counties have increasingly served as incubators for model policy innovation.  State policymakers must nurture this bottom-up reform to ensure a balanced approach that benefits our justice-involved youth and promotes public safety.

District Attorneys and criminal justice reform: A necessary partnership

NCCD President Alex Busansky facilitated a conversation, between San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, on recent justice reforms in their respective jurisdictions.  The topic is of particular relevance to reform-minded criminal justice professionals, given the transformational role prosecutors can play.

The BSCC: A continued promise of oversight
The tapestry of California's criminal justice system is populated with state agencies, each working to improve corrections and rehabilitation.  While frequently unrecognized by an understandably busy public, these agencies nevertheless serve a necessary function.  One such body is California's Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) , which grew out of the abolished Board of Corrections and subsequent Corrections Standards Authority.  The stated purpose of the board includes: …
Human Rights Day: A cause for reflection
December 10th marks the annual celebration of Human Rights Day , a special anniversary in the global fight for human rights.  On that day, in 1948, the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) .  The document was born out of the unprecedented violence and dislocation from World War II.  It codified values of human equality, political freedom, and socio-economic dignity.  As such, the UDHR preamble begins: "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the…
Mapping the landscape of California's juvenile justice population
California is a very diverse state, with 58 counties potentially acting as "laboratories" of policy innovation in the field of juvenile justice.  County and state-level practitioners, and policy makers can learn from these successes and model similar programs in their respective jurisdictions.  However, these same counties also vary in their ability to address complex pressing challenges, specifically as relates to youth offenders.  County-level data-analysis is a necessary building block in…
"Crossover Youth": The Intersection of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

"Crossover Youth": The Intersection of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 15, 2012

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