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CJCJ's legislative priorities for 2015

CJCJ and our allies are working to enact systemic reforms to make California's criminal and juvenile justice systems more humane, fair, and effective. Learn about some of the bills we're supporting.

March News from CJCJ

California allies convene to keep youth out of the adult system; CJCJ testifies on the consequences of a felony conviction; CJCJ program pairs college students with youth in Juvenile Hall 

Brown’s budget misses opportunity to shrink prison system

Despite the lowest crime rate in decades, and recent and potential reductions in the prison population, Brown continues to up prison spending and expand capacity.

CJCJ in the News: The War on Drugs Is Burning Out

Rolling Stone discusses a recent CJCJ report on marijuana reform.

As more lifers are released from prison...not much happens

Brown has allowed more people convicted of homicide to parole than have the past four governors combined. That's a good thing — but not good enough.

After Proposition 47: Following the money

Two weeks ago, California voters ushered in a landmark opportunity to reduce the state’s over-reliance on incarceration. Now it's up to advocates to make sure the savings get into the right hands.

CJCJ in the news: Marijuana legalization doesn't solve racial disparities in the criminal justice system

Vox highlights a recent CJCJ report on the impact of marijuana policy reform.

Reforming marijuana laws: Which approach best reduces the harms of criminalization?

A new CJCJ report shows marijuana decriminalization across all ages could result in more harm reduction than 21-and-older legalization.

New data reveal persistent disparities in charging youth as adults

A long-overdue report lays bare the egregious racial disparities that pervade the juvenile justice system, and falls short of providing crucial data on youth transferred to adult court.

Proposition 47: Estimating Local Savings and Jail Population Reductions

CJCJ estimates savings and jail population reductions in individual counties as a result of implementing Proposition 47.

Scapegoating the Poor

The story of a single working mother who faces a decade in prison for allowing her daughter to play in a park unsupervised demonstrates our foolish reliance on incarceration and punishment as a way to poverty. 

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: 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.

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.

Keep mandatory minimums out of the juvenile justice system

SB 838 would establish the first mandatory minimum sentences in California's juvenile justice system. These sentences are punitive, reject the notion of rehabilitation, and do not prevent crime. Help us stop this bill from becoming law!

CJCJ in the news: California proposals aim to help young offenders

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses California's trend towards juvenile justice reform in the Associated Press.

Named legislation rarely protects the public

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

California bill looks to send more youth to adult prison

SB 838 could dramatically increase the number of youth tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system. CJCJ strongly opposes this bill because it fails to deter crime, denies young people opportunities for education and rehabilitation, and threatens public safety.

Raising Victims' Voices

Common wisdom says crime victims favor harsh and punitive criminal justice policies. A new survey of victims shows otherwise.

The complex link between incarceration and public safety

Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding focuses on increasing incarceration, rather than enhancing public safety.

Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety

To meet the court’s mandate by the end of the year, Brown needs to begin releasing identified low-risk inmates now - a step both the federal and the U.S. Supreme Court agree "would be consistent with public safety."

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