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Justice Policy Journal - Volume 13, Number 2 - Fall 2016

Articles discussing the family impacts of caregiver arrest, how juvenile justice systems-involvement affects earnings, and restorative justice legislation and policy. 

Post-Prop 57, California Considers the Lasting Harm of Youth Incarceration

With Prop 57, Californians have voted to curb the treatment of youth as adults. Now we must reimagine the treatment of those who remain in the juvenile system.

New Prop 57 data tool shows "justice-by-geography" in California

Prop 57 would abolish prosecutor's ability to charge youth directly in adult court, a practice that has proven to more often impact youth of color and youth in certain counties. 

October News: New reports, a tour of DJJ & a youth client's success

Two new reports focus on the future of youth justice in California, CJCJ staff tour California's northern youth correctional facilities, and we congratulate a youth client who is now a full-time student. 

A “Yes” on Prop 57 Will End Direct File

Prop 57 strips prosecutors of the power to send youth directly to adult criminal court, returning full discretion to impartial juvenile court judges.

From juvenile detention to straight A's, with the help of a mentor

The Christian Science Monitor highlights CJCJ's Youth Justice Mentoring Program (YJM) and features interviews from clients and mentors about the impact of a caring adult role model. 

The Lessons of California for Juvenile Justice Reform

CJCJ's executive director pens an op-ed for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) on the lessons to be learned from the failures of California's state youth corrections system.

In Mental Health Care, Are We Treating the Symptom But Not the Cause?

New America Media quotes CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani on the ineffectiveness of mental health treatment for youth in detention for whom detention is often re-traumatizing. 

August News from CJCJ: Celebrating the life of Juidell Preston

CJCJ remembers change-maker, Juidell Preston,  youth clients learn new skills in the High Sierras, and new CJCJ reports address juvenile justice issues in California.

Fact Sheet: California's Youth and Young Adult Arrest Rates Continue a Historic Decline

A new fact sheet from CJCJ shows that, in 2015, arrests of young people under age 25 dropped below 2014 levels and continue a decades-long trend of decline

Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California's Division of Juvenile Justice

CJCJ's new report finds, in California's state youth corrections system, violence has increased, gang culture is pervasive, and mental health treatment is at times nonexistent.

California Sentencing Institute now shows county trends for 2009-2014

CJCJ's interactive map now shows 6-year trends for county criminal and juvenile justice practices and statewide disparities 

Crime and Violence by San Francisco Youth Plunges 80 percent in Last 20 Years

But strangely, youth entering the system are twice as likely to be incarcerated today.

CJCJ in the news: Study, Certain CA Counties Charge Youth as Adults More Often

Public News Service interviews CJCJ's Maureen Washburn, co-author of a new report analyzing the prosecution of youth as adults. 

New Report! Direct File Rates Arbitrarily Rising for Youth of Color

A new report examining the prosecution of youth as adults in California documents variations by county in the use of “direct file” and its disproportionate impact on youth of color.

Informed Policymaking Begins with Data Collection

Recently proposed legislation would expand the California Department of Justice’s data collection apparatus and propel justice system reform.

Should Young People Be Banished from Public?

It’s for their own protection, leaders say, claiming “studies” show youth-control laws “prevent crime” and “save lives.” But do they? A critique of recent studies is revealing.

The Dark Side of “Brain Science”: Manufacturing Teenage Crime

Governor Brown should veto the “smoking age” bill. Like other useless “status offenses,” it will contribute to thousands more arrests and higher unemployment among young people.

California Must Reform Its Gang Sentencing Laws

Sentencing enhancements intended to deter gang activity are overly punitive, conflict with the juvenile justice system’s mission, and have a disproportionate impact on young people of color.

California Reforms Creating County-Based Systems for 21st Century

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair writes an op-ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) on how California's plummeting youth crime rates creates an opportunity for more substantive reform

CJCJ in the news: The Stunning Facts on Crime and Imprisonment Everyone Is Ignoring

In article written for the Washington Monthly, CJCJ's Mike Males points out major changes in crime trends and asks why they are being ignored by criminal justice interest groups. 

Farrell’s End Gives True Juvenile Justice Reform a Chance

After the 2002 lawsuit against DJJ was dismissed on February 25, 2016, CJCJ urges youth California to avoid repeating mistakes of the past.

February News from CJCJ!

Sierra Health Foundation's Speaker Series features Daniel Macallair; New CJCJ collaborative offers reentry services after federal prison; and Daily Journal interviews Daniel Macallair about the future of DJJ.

California Needs Data-driven Juvenile Justice

Data can tell a story. The absence of data and thoughtful analysis can do the same, by illustrating that the state is not adequately prioritizing juvenile justice.

CJCJ in the news: Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton Accepted Almost the Same Amount of Prison Lobbyist Donations

The Huffington Post reports on Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio receiving campaign contributions from private prison lobbies, and cites CJCJ statistics showing racial disparities in the justice system. 

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