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Cameo House Celebrates Families’ Strength on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, program participants and staff of CJCJ’s Cameo House gathered for a special celebration to honor the strength of our community and families.

Youth Filed Fewer Complaints Amid the Pandemic. Is DJJ's Grievance Process Broken?

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed troubling flaws in the grievance process for youth confined in California’s state-run juvenile justice facilities.

Decades of Abuse at California’s DJJ Will End in 2023

The proposed 2021-22 state budget finalizes plans for the closure of California’s barbaric state youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

CA Legislators Call for Youth Releases Amid COVID-19 Outbreak at DJJ

CJCJ stands behind more than a dozen state legislators in urging Governor Newsom to take swift action on the COVID-19 crisis at the state’s youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice.

CJCJ Provides Trove of DJJ Data to Support Realignment Planning

As part of CJCJ's longstanding commitment to monitoring the health and safety of youth at the Division of Juvenile Justice, we have compiled a trove of otherwise unavailable data reports.

Prop 17 Could Restore Voting Rights to Tens of Thousands

Amid a national crisis over voter suppression, Californians are considering a historic expansion of the right to vote. Prop 17 would allow the 55,000 people on parole to cast a ballot. 

California Must Safeguard Youth in State Facilities Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

California must move quickly to halt the spread of COVID-19 within the state’s youth correctional institutions, the Division of Juvenile Justice.

New Report: Proposition 20 Would Come at a High Cost to Californians

A state initiative, costing hundreds of millions of dollars annually, would exacerbate the COVID-19 crisis, crowd jails and prisons, and disproportionately impact communities of color.

New Report: California’s Youth Correctional Institutions Jeopardize Health Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

From overcrowding and unsanitary buildings to a lack of access to quality health care, DJJ facilities put youths' safety at risk.  

New CA Budget Fact Sheet, Next Generation Fellows, and more!

February News: CJCJ’s Next Generation Fellowship explores advocacy in Oakland, costs soar for California’s youth correctional system, and award for CJCJ staff supports children with incarcerated loved ones!

New Fact Sheet: Spending on California’s Youth Correctional System Soars Amid Administrative Shifts

new CJCJ fact sheet finds that state spending on California’s dangerous and prison-like youth correctional system is expected to soar amid an administrative reorganization. 

California Leaders Embrace Youth Voices, but Miss Opportunity for Major Reform

CJCJ's Maureen Washburn authors an Op-Ed on 2019 California legislation relating to juvenile justice matters, noting major steps forward alongside missed opportunities.

CJCJ Co-sponsored Bill Clears Another Legislative Hurdle

The Keep Youth Closer to Home Act (Senate Bill 284), a measure co-sponsored by CJCJ, is one step closer to becoming California state law. Support youth today by helping to pass SB 284.

Governor’s May Revision Proposes Additional Spending on Ineffective DJJ Facilities

As the Governor’s office prepares to transition DJJ into the state’s Health and Human Services Agency, the population is projected to grow by nearly 20 percent.

California at a Crossroads: Ending Youth Trauma by Closing Violent DJJ Institutions

As California considers the fate of its juvenile justice system, the Governor, Legislature, and youth advocacy community must push beyond a basic restructuring of the state institutions and resolve to bring youth home from DJJ.

SB 439 Becomes Law, Ending the Prosecution of Children Under 12

On September 30th, Governor Brown signed a historic piece of legislation ending the prosecution of children under 12 in juvenile court.

California’s Latest Adult Transfer Law Models Pathways for Reform for Rest of U.S.

CJCJ Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn authors an Op-Ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) about the passage of Senate Bill 1391, which protects 14- and 15-year-olds from transfers to the adult criminal justice system.

SB 439 Heads to the Governor's Desk

Senate Bill (SB) 439, a bill co-sponsored by CJCJ and others, passed in the Legislature and is awaiting a signature from the Governor.

California, Like Other States, Needs Independent Monitor to Solidify Reform, Ward Off Abuses

CJCJ Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn authors an Op-Ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) about California's Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), which has been mired in scandal for much of its history and requires independent monitoring to hold the system accountable.

Governor Brown’s Final Budget Delivers Wins and Losses for Youth Justice

In the FY 2018-19 budget, California makes prudent new investments in community-based youth but fails to modernize the state’s juvenile justice data bank and needlessly expands the troubled state youth correctional system.

CA Lawmakers Consider Ending the Treatment of 14- and 15-Year-Olds as Adults

Senate Bill 1391 will end the transfer of younger teens into adult criminal court, keeping them in the juvenile justice system where education and rehabilitation services are mandatory.

New Fact Sheet: Local Juvenile Justice Facilities Can Absorb State Youth Correctional Population

CJCJ's new fact sheet finds unprecedented available capacity in California's county-run juvenile halls, camps, and ranches due to declines in juvenile arrests and reductions in juvenile justice facility populations.

California Should Lead Nation by Setting Minimum Age Standard

CJCJ Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn authors an Op-Ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) about California's proposed minimum age law to protect young children from the negative lifelong impacts of prosecution in the juvenile justice system.

SF Foots Bill for State-Run Juvenile Facilities

The San Francisco Examiner quotes CJCJ's Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn and Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on the rising per capita costs of California's Division of Juvenile Justice.

Gov. Brown, The State’s Analyst, & Youth Advocates Argue Over Raising The Age Limit For State Juvie Lock-Ups

WitnessLA references and quotes the blog post, 2018-19 Budget Proposal Would Expand California’s Youth Correctional System at a Time of Falling Populations by CJCJ's Policy Analyst Maureen Washburn.

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