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Enough Nonsense on Youthful (In)competence

Pre-judging the individual guilt of the Santa Cruz 15-year-old accused of murdering a child is not just, and judging all 15-year-olds as mentally incompetent is not science.

CJCJ’s Sentencing Service Program keeps youth in juvenile court

When a prosecutor wants to try a youth as an adult, defense attorneys reach out to Nisha Ajmani, program manager for CJCJ’s Sentencing Service Program (SSP), to keep that youth in the juvenile justice system.

CJCJ in the news: As California becomes more diverse, youth arrests continue to plummet

Sacramento News & Review interviews CJCJ's Mike Males on his report "The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children" detailing the dramatic decline in youth arrests over the past 30 years.

California Court Rules Proposition 47 Applies to Youth

This July, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that a San Diego youth was eligible to reclassify his sentence from a felony to misdemeanor under California’s Proposition 47, setting a legal precedent for the rest of the state. 

CJCJ in the news: Treating Broken Hearts With Poor Mental Health Services

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by CJCJ's Lauren Barretto on the lack of adequate screening for, and evaluation of, mental health needs in the juvenile justice system.

CJCJ in the news: Like Our Vets, Justice-Involved Youth Are Survivors of War

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed written by CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani. 

Like Our Veterans, Justice-Involved Youth are Survivors of Traumatic Violence

Veterans and youth in the justice system have something in common—trauma. California’s juvenile courts should address this trauma through treatment, not incarceration.

For males of color, status is mixed

The Californian covers CJCJ's Brian Goldstein's testimony on the status of boys and men of color in Monterey County. 

May news from CJCJ

The plummeting arrest rates of California's children; Patti Lee honored as a trailblazer of juvenile justice reform; and California leaders work to implement Prop 47.

The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children

A dramatic development with profound implications for Califorina's criminal justice system has occured over the last three decades: an enormous decline in arrests among the youngest Californians.

Why Do We Resist Individualized Justice?

“Demographic determinism” persists even among progressives. It needs to stop.

Former justice-involved youth should be key players in creating policy

Policymakers, law-enforcement, and advocates must include justice-involved youth when making decisions that affect these young people and their communities.

CJCJ in the news: It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime

Pacific Standard Magazine highlights research by CJCJ's Mike Males on the role of poverty in causing youth crime.

A Shifting America: Latinos and a Health Equity-Centered Approach to Juvenile Justice

Residents of East Salinas are looking to indigenous practices to change their county’s approach to juvenile justice. 

CJCJ releases new resource to help people get a fresh start
CJCJ, with generous support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, is thrilled to announce the launch of Seal It, a new resource to help people seal their juvenile records. 
CJCJ in the news: Juvenile arrests plunge by half

The Orange County Register highlights CJCJ's research on youth crime trends. 

CJCJ in the news: As Juvenile Arrests Plummet, California Still Investing in Incarceration Facilities

The Chronicle of Social Change highlights advocacy by CJCJ and others to use state funds for local innovative programming-based juvenile justice facilities.

CJCJ in the news: Revolving justice: SF agencies tackle recidivism

San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter highlights the LEAP program, which CJCJ operates in partnership with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. 

CJCJ in the news: Unique SF program aims to keep troubled kids in school

CJCJ operates the LEAP program in partnership with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office to help young people obtain educational success.

Public Involvement in Politics Does Matter

CJCJ Post-Graduate Fellow Courtney Lam reflects on last week's Assembly Public Safety Committee in Sacramento.

CJCJ in the news: Committee backs "Audrie's Law" after provision removed

Under pressure from CJCJ and other youth advocates, controversial bill removes "mandatory minimum sentencing" provision.

CJCJ in the news: Audrie's Law goes too far, some legislators insist

SB 838 would create mandatory minimums for youth in the justice justice system. CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen explains this is a "step backward."

CJCJ in the news: Talk 910 KKSF AM with Gil Gross

Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, is featured on the Gil Gross show to discuss the negative impact of mandatory minimums on California's youth. 

CJCJ in the news: California lawmakers delay vote on Audrie's Law

CJCJ Board member Patti Lee, of San Francisco's Public Defender's Office, says establishing mandatory minimums for California's youth is a "grave mistake."

CJCJ in the news: Assembly Public Safety Committee postpones vote on "Audrie's Law"

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen comments on the dangers of SB 838, which would establish the first mandatory minimum sentence in California's juvenile justice system.

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