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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.

Who is causing crime in California?

Sensationalized stories and anecdotal information in the media over the past year may make you want to hide behind a closed door.  In 2011, Realignment caused great concern that floods of state inmates would walk out of state prison and into the streets.  This of course was not true, but over the last year media stories have highlighted concerns that Realignment is causing more local crime. 

California’s Urban Crime Increase in 2012: Is “Realignment” to Blame?

This publication analyzes whether Realignment — in this case, the 46,000 offenders diverted to local management — contributed to increase in urban offenses in the first half of 2012.

One Year into Realignment: Progress Stalls, Stronger Incentives Needed
One Year into Realignment: Progress Stalls, Stronger Incentives Needed
California Youth Crime Plunges to All-Time Low

California Youth Crime Plunges to All-Time Low

Charging youths as adults in California, 2003-2010
Charging youths as adults in California, 2003-2010
UPDATE: Nine Months into Realignment: California's Prisoner Decline Continues
UPDATE: Nine Months into Realignment: California's Prisoner Decline Continues
UPDATE: Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
UPDATE: Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
Announcing the release of the Juvenile Placement Manual 2012

Attention youth advocates, probation officers, public defenders, and county placement agencies:     CJCJ's Sentencing Service Program is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 edition of the Juvenile Placement Manual. The manual is a result of 27 years of effort by Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice staff to develop the best juvenile disposition options available.  The manual contains updated and expanded information about approximately 150 residential placement options for juvenile…

Misplaced priorities: California's spending on prisons vs. higher education
A March 1st SF Chronicle article highlighted recent comments made in Washington D.C. by retiring SF State President Robert Corrigan about California's excessive prison spending and annual cuts to higher education.  He noted that, "California is spending nearly as much money on prisons ($8.7 billion, or 9.45 percent of its budget), as it does on all of higher education ($9.3 billion, or 10.1 percent of its budget)".    Looking at just the UC's and CSU's, the state spends less than half ($4.6…
Addendum to Charging Youths as Adults
Addendum to Charging Youths as Adults
Judge Hyman "California Juvenile Prison Shutdown"
Judge Hyman "California Juvenile Prison Shutdown" Legal Broadcast Network, February 2, 2012
Charging youths as adults in California: A county by county analysis
Charging youths as adults in California: A county by county analysis
What to expect from the criminal justice system in 2012
What to expect from the criminal justice system in 2012 KALW News, December 12, 2011
California's annual homicide rates declined
California's annual homicide rates declined Oakland Tribune, December 6, 2011
How an electoral tweak is throwing California lobbyists into disarray
How an electoral tweak is throwing California lobbyists into disarray KALW News, December 1, 2011
California's startling youth trends: Does more "youth on the streets" mean more crime?
California's startling youth trends: Does more "youth on the streets" mean more crime?
A little known law enforcement group with heavy political sway
A little known law enforcement group with heavy political sway KALW News, November 18, 2011
Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists
Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists
Misdemeanor marijuana arrests are skyrocketing
Misdemeanor marijuana arrests are skyrocketing

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