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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

Election Day: Criminal justice reform on the ballot
Election Day has arrived and California has 3 ballot initiatives that directly impact our state criminal justice system.  Prop 34: Support California voters reinstated the death penalty in 1978, following the 1972 Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia, which ruled the practice cruel and unusual.  Since 1978, the state has sentenced roughly 900 persons with a death sentence, but only 13 were subsequently executed.  The state presently has a death row population of 724 .  The death…
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…
Still, a Promise of Reform for California's Juvenile Justice System

Still, a Promise of Reform for California's Juvenile Justice System Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, August 2, 2012

An uncertain future for California's Higher Education
California is home to one of the finest higher education systems in the world; a catalyst for innovation, job creation, and academic excellence.  This includes the California Community Colleges, California State University (CSU), and University of California (UC) systems.  Higher education funds represent a long-term investment that accrues dividends beyond the classroom. On May 14, Governor Brown released his revised 2012-13 budget that outlined measures to fill an estimated $15.7 billion…
The winnowing of California's Judiciary
California is home to the largest court system in the county.  On any given day these courts oversee proceedings that range from very high profile criminal prosecutions to the most mundane of civil litigation.  In short, California's judiciary provides a safeguard for the equitable exercise of political, economic, and civil activity across the state.  Yet these same courts are under significant fiscal pressure as a result of ongoing state budget deficits.  In the midst of California Governor…
The Not-So-Shared Sacrifice of Californians

The Not-So-Shared Sacrifice of Californians California Progress Report, May 24, 2012

A Juvenile Justice Reprieve: California's 2012 Mid-Year Budget
A Juvenile Justice Reprieve: California's 2012 Mid-Year Budget
The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California Reclaiming Futures, April 30, 2012

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California California Progress Report, April 24, 2012

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, April 23, 2012

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