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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.

CJCJ in the news: Teen rape law vote delayed in Legislature

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen highlights the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's youth in the San Jose Mercury News.

CJCJ in the news: Bay Area mother of teen suicide victim urges passage of tough new law on juvenile sex offenders

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses the negative impact of mandatory minimums for youth in the Contra Costa Times.

Scared of Gun Violence? Run INTO a School!*

School and college campuses account for 5 out of every 10,000 shootings in the United States, but occupy 90% of our discussion of gun violence.

OP-ED: Keep Mandatory Minimums Out of the Juvenile Justice System

Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, discusses the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's juvenile justice system in a recent Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Op-ed.

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. 

Monterey County Juvenile Hall Needs Assessment: A Preliminary Analysis

The purpose of this preliminary analysis is to examine current crime, confinement, and population trends within a larger historical context to estimate the county’s future juvenile detention needs.

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.

State Committee Recommends a Need for Data and Accountability

On Thursday, May 8, California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) heard a series of presentations from its Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC) around data, education, and disproportionate minority contact or confinement in the juvenile justice system.

Named legislation rarely protects the public

Bills authored in response to specific events are well-meaning but will rarely result in good public policy.

Forgotten Voices: Oakland's youth call for no more violence

CURYJ, the Pacific Institute, and CJCJ partner to highlight the negative impact of policing on youth and alternative approaches that promote stronger, healthier, and safer communities.

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

New Lenses for Positive Change

CJCJ's Katrina Han discusses the need for thoughtful and deliberate juvenile justice intervention strategies.

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.

CJCJ in the news: Racial Disparity in Juvenile Facilities Increased as Overall Incarceration Plummeted, Report Says

CJCJ's Executive Director Dan Macallair highlights the need for local community-based service organizations.  

Missouri's Innovative Concept Academy: One Powerful Idea

The Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis City, Missouri shows how one powerful idea can come to life when you are willing to think outside the box and challenge the status quo.

Brian Goldstein's testimony at Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment

Brian Goldstein, CJCJ's Policy Analyst, provides testimony to the Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment on March 18, 2014.

Only Certain Young Victims Matter

Americans fixate on the 5% of killings that involve youthful gunmen and/or mass shooters and ignore the other 95%. Unfortunately, we largely dismiss the 99% of rapes that do not involve young perpetrators and social media.

CNN, “Experts” Reiterate the Press’s Ethic: It’s OK to Lie about Kids

Why do the media erroneously create and publicize misperceptions about the moral development of teens, rather than correct them?

Using Community-Based Alternatives to Best Address Status Offenses

What is the best way to address the challenges of youth who break curfew, skip school, or runaway from home? Local justice leaders and policymakers would be wise to support cost-effective and successful alternatives to confinement. 

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.

Profit Over Kids: Part III

This is the final blog of a three part series examining for profit youth facilities.

Profit Over Kids: Part II

This is the second installment of a blog series examining private for profit youth prisons.

Profits Over Kids, Part I

In this three-part series Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden examines for-profit youth prisons.

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