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Lessons Learned: The Santa Cruz County Story
Lessons Learned: The Santa Cruz County Story
An analysis of San Mateo proposal for jail construction
A recent ACLU report found that that 24 of the 25 largest California counties plan on using realigned state funding to pay for dramatic expansions of jail beds.   CJCJ's Brian Heller de Leon reviewed the report in his blog, Adult realignment and the county jail building boom . The ACLU report notes, "Counties that have chosen a path of jail expansion - as many of the Big 25 county realignment plans indicate they have - are trying to solve the wrong problem.  They seek to absorb the realigned…
CJCJ's Kate McCracken appointed to SF Sentencing Commission
The San Francisco Sentencing Commission is a newly created advisory body charged with encouraging the development of criminal sentencing strategies that reduce recidivism, prioritize public safety and victim protection, emphasize fairness, employ evidence-based practices, and efficiently utilize San Francisco's criminal justice resources.  The Commission will be chaired by the District Attorney's Office, and will be advisory to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors. On April 24, 2012, CJCJ's…
Accused Probation Chief Is Face of Juvenile Justice Reform Effort
Accused Probation Chief Is Face of Juvenile Justice Reform Effort Bay Citizen, February 15, 2012
Behind Governor's Plan to Close State's Juvenile Justice System
Behind Governor's Plan to Close State's Juvenile Justice System Bay Citizen, January 10, 2012
Why taxpayers should care about juvenile justice
Last week Governor Brown proposed, for the second time, the closure of California's state youth correctional facilities, the Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF).  In fact, this week CJCJ released a report  including five policy recommendations for full juvenile justice realignment.  CJCJ has been advocating for a 21st century approach to juvenile justice for years.  CJCJ is not alone is this recommendation, the Legislative Analyst's Office, Little Hoover Commission, and the Ella Baker Center…
Jail Needs Assessment for San Mateo County: A preliminary analysis
Jail Needs Assessment for San Mateo County: A preliminary analysis
New Series of Reports: Juvenile Justice Realignment
In response to Governor Brown's proposal to eliminate the State's Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) and realign juvenile justice in California, a new Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) series investigates some of the underlying concerns about the proposed realignment and reveals radically different juvenile justice practices across California's fifty-eight counties. Part One of the series addresses whether closing DJF would increase county reliance on direct adult criminal…
The impact of realignment on county juvenile justice practice
The impact of realignment on county juvenile justice practice
AN UPDATE: Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
AN UPDATE: Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
DJF promotes 85% compliance, but let's not forget the past...
Recently, the Department of Juvenile Facilities (formerly known as the California Youth Authority) claimed to be in 85% compliance with the consent decree under the Farrell litigation.  This percentage cultivates a skewed perception of the state youth correctional facility's progress towards reforming into a rehabilitative environment.  In April 2010, CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair highlighted this issue in the California Progress Report .  As DJF touts its progress it is important…
CJCJ Exposes Inaccurate Media Reports
Recently, CJCJ has cultivated many policy reports and articles surrounding issues within the juvenile justice system.  Through these recent publications CJCJ exposes inaccurate media reports through the utilization of data and policy analysis. This month Executive Director Daniel Macallair was featured in both the LA Times and California Progress Report reflecting on California's current budget crisis and the state's inablity to continue to support a youth correctional system that has been…
Just released! Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
Just released! Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice's Daniel Macallair, MPA, Executive Director Mike Males, PhD, Senior Research Fellow and Catherine McCracken, M.S., Program Director Read the full report at Also check out "More calls for California to shut down its youth prison system " by Karen de Sá of the Mercury News.
Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
Daniel Macallair and Catherine McCracken educate California state Judges on juvenile dispositional options
Daniel Macallair and Catherine McCracken educate California state Judges on juvenile dispositional options   Executive Director Daniel Macallair, MPA and Sentencing Service Program Director Catherine McCracken, M.S., are leading experts in the development of presentence investigation reports for youthful offenders.  Recently Mr. Macallair and Ms. McCracken educated California state Judges on juvenile dispositional options at the exclusive 2009 Juvenile Law Institute.

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