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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. 

A Quest for Democracy in Sacramento

On May 19, over 200 individuals came to the capitol as part of the second annual Formerly Incarcerated People’s Quest for Democracy.

Positive Efforts Toward Decreasing California's Pretrial Population

Unsentenced individuals comprise over 60% of California's statewide jail population. Therefore, decreasing the number of people detained pretrial can alleviate unnecessary use of jail beds and improve overall public safety outcomes.

CJCJ Statement on the Governor’s Budget May Revision for FY 2014-15

CJCJ's response to Governor Jerry Brown's FY 2014-15 Budget May Revision.

CJCJ in the news: Valley community leaders come to Fresno to learn about Night Walk

The Fresno Bee references CJCJ's analysis of Fresno's zip codes and homicide rates.

To Seal or Not To Seal – California Taking a Progressive Approach to Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's Gabrielle Marchand analyzes recent legislation for California's justice-involved youth, which provides them with a clean slate and ample opportunities for future success

A Survey of Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California

Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional juvenile justice legislation that is worthy of recognition and support.

Two Roadmaps for Reform

California’s 2014 legislative session has started and policymakers are considering ways to develop comprehensive public safety policy. Recent reports by the Legislative Analysts Office and Little Hoover Commission provide a necessary roadmap for the state.

Dan Walters: Brown Gets Win on Prisons, But Political Angst Continues

The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters highlights a new report by CJCJ that finds no conclusive causal trend between Realignment and recent crime trends.

Conflicting Reports

The North Coast Journal references CJCJ's new Realignment report that finds no direct connection between Realignment and violent crime rates.

Don’t Blame Realignment for Crime Spike

Beyond Chron highlights a new CJCJ report on the impact of Realignment on California's crime rates.

No link between California’s Prison Realignment and increased crime, study says

The Long Beach Press Telegram highlights a new CJCJ report that finds little evidence of a connection between Realignment and increased crime rates.

Report: Rising auto thefts in Monterey County may not be related to prison realignment

The Monterey Herald reports on CJCJ's recent analysis of crime trends in post-Realignment California.  

California's 58 Crime Rates: Realignment and Crime in 2012

CJCJ's interactive map and a new report using 2012 data show 58 radically different Realignment experiences, with no statewide pattern emerging.

CJCJ Statement on Governor Brown’s FY 14-15 Budget Proposal

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed FY 2014-15 Budget for California. CJCJ applauds the Governor’s willingness to adopt some of the systemic changes necessary for not only meeting the court-ordered prison population cap, but also improving public safety outcomes for all Californians. Yet, we are concerned by a failure to support long-term systemic reforms for improving our criminal justice system and the near absence of juvenile justice policy in his budget. 

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. 

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.

Weed More Likely Than Rape or Murder to Get an Undocumented Immigrant Detained

The Drug Policy Alliance's Amanda Reiman discusses a recent CJCJ report on Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds and what suspected criminal activities were most likely to result in detainment.

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 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?

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.

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.

Beyond Realignment: Counties’ large disparities in imprisonment underlie ongoing prison crisis

California’s crises of prison overcrowding, unsustainable costs, and court-ordered population reductions are perpetuated by the disparate implementation of Realignment.

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