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Keep Youth Close to Home: Governor Newsom Needs to Hear from You!

Take 5 minutes to protect and support California's youth! One quick call to the Governor's office for Senate Bill 284 can make a difference.

CJCJ Co-sponsored Bill Clears Another Legislative Hurdle

The Keep Youth Closer to Home Act (Senate Bill 284), a measure co-sponsored by CJCJ, is one step closer to becoming California state law. Support youth today by helping to pass SB 284.

Keep Youth Closer to Home with a Quick Call Today!

Making a difference made easy! Check out how you can take 5 minutes today or tomorrow to voice your support for Senate Bill 284 as it heads to the CA Assembly Appropriations Committee on June 26th.

Governor’s May Revision Proposes Additional Spending on Ineffective DJJ Facilities

As the Governor’s office prepares to transition DJJ into the state’s Health and Human Services Agency, the population is projected to grow by nearly 20 percent.

California at a Crossroads: Ending Youth Trauma by Closing Violent DJJ Institutions

As California considers the fate of its juvenile justice system, the Governor, Legislature, and youth advocacy community must push beyond a basic restructuring of the state institutions and resolve to bring youth home from DJJ.

Violence at DJJ, Guide to Reentry, and more!

February news: CJCJ report uncovers dangerous conditions at CA's Division of Juvenile Justice, new practical guide supports justice-involved youth during reentry, and CJCJ honors Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender.

California’s Juvenile Justice System Had 16 Years To Fix Its Abuse Problems. It Didn’t.

The Huffington Post covers CJCJ's new report on conditions at California's Division of Juvenile Justice, a youth's experience, and the authors' key takeaways.

New Report: Pervasive Violence and Isolation at California's Division of Juvenile Justice Endanger Youth

CJCJ's comprehensive review of conditions at California’s state-run youth correctional system finds a return to its historically grievous conditions that isolate and traumatize youth.

KQED: State Juvenile Justice Facilities Are Failing Kids, Report Finds

KQED's Marisa Lagos sits down with CJCJ's Maureen Washburn and Renee Menart to discuss California's troubled Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities. 

KPCC: Phasing out pepper spray, low probability high consequence disasters, the ninth circuit

CJCJ's Renee Menart discusses dangerous conditions at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on 89.3 KPCC's Take Two with A Rodriguez.

Proposed Changes to Juvenile Justice System Generate Praise, Skepticism

The California Health Report quotes CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair in discussing local alternatives to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as Governor Newsom considers reforming the institution.

Shutdown Breakthrough, Criminal Justice Reforms, Cannabis Update

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair joins Thuy Vu of the KQED Newsroom to discuss juvenile and criminal justice news, including the governor's proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

Is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Juvenile Justice Reform Substantial Or Symbolic? Experts Say It’s a Wait-And-See.

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair is quoted by Capital Public Radio the importance of local alternatives for youth in a discussion about the governor's proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice.

Editorial: Gov. Newsom’s impulse on juvenile justice good, but state needs real reform

The San Francisco Chronicle quotes CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair and endorses CJCJ's long-standing vision for California's juvenile justice system, in response to Governor Newsom's proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). 

Analysis of the Governor's proposal to reform the state's juvenile justice system

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair discusses the high costs, declines in youth crime, and the importance of local programming for youth in a discussion about Governor Newsom's proposal to reform DJJ.

California governor seeks to transform youth prisons

The Associated Press (AP) quotes CJCJ Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn on the need to serve youth locally as part of Governor Newsom's proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

California, Like Other States, Needs Independent Monitor to Solidify Reform, Ward Off Abuses

CJCJ Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn authors an Op-Ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) about California's Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), which has been mired in scandal for much of its history and requires independent monitoring to hold the system accountable.

Governor Brown’s Final Budget Delivers Wins and Losses for Youth Justice

In the FY 2018-19 budget, California makes prudent new investments in community-based youth but fails to modernize the state’s juvenile justice data bank and needlessly expands the troubled state youth correctional system.

New Fact Sheet: Local Juvenile Justice Facilities Can Absorb State Youth Correctional Population

CJCJ's new fact sheet finds unprecedented available capacity in California's county-run juvenile halls, camps, and ranches due to declines in juvenile arrests and reductions in juvenile justice facility populations.

CJCJ Youth Mentee Begins College, Budget Advocacy, and More!

Youth Justice Mentoring participant makes strides in work and school, JCRU models effective aftercare for Santa Clara County, and CJCJ pushes the state budget to better serve California’s youth.

SF Foots Bill for State-Run Juvenile Facilities

The San Francisco Examiner quotes CJCJ's Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn and Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on the rising per capita costs of California's Division of Juvenile Justice.

Gov. Brown, The State’s Analyst, & Youth Advocates Argue Over Raising The Age Limit For State Juvie Lock-Ups

WitnessLA references and quotes the blog post, 2018-19 Budget Proposal Would Expand California’s Youth Correctional System at a Time of Falling Populations by CJCJ's Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn.

Report: Plan to Expand California Youth Prisons Needs Tinkering

The Chronicle of Social Change quotes CJCJ's recent Fact Sheet on California’s Division of Juvenile Justice in an article on Governor Brown's Budget Proposal for DJJ in FY 2018-19.

New Fact Sheet: Costs Rise Amid Falling Populations at California’s Division of Juvenile Justice

A new CJCJ fact sheet finds that state spending at California’s state youth correctional system continues to rise despite continued reductions in its youth population.

2018-19 Budget Proposal Would Expand California’s Youth Correctional System at a Time of Falling Populations

Governor Brown, in his final budget, has missed an opportunity to bring an end to the failures of DJJ. Now, state leaders must reject a proposed expansion of the facilities and invest, instead, in community alternatives.

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