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The New York Times fabricates a nonexistent shoplifting wave in San Francisco, then wrongly blames it on criminal justice reforms and the city’s supposed soft-on-crime image

If San Francisco’s shoplifting rate has plummeted to its lowest level in at least 45 years, why did the New York Times see fit to print an article sensationalizing a supposed “surge” in shoplifting?

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 Fact Sheet: Urban Crime Rates Reach Record Lows Amid Large-Scale Justice Reform

A new fact sheet finds that urban crime rates have reached record lows amid several major criminal justice reforms.

San Francisco’s “Crime Wave” Is Just One Crime

In recent months, San Franciscans have seen alarming headlines announcing the city has suffered huge increases in crime. However, analysis shows that the city's crime trends are driven by just one type of offense: thefts from motor vehicles.

California's Arrest Rate Falls to Record Low in Justice Reform Era (2011-2018)

A new CJCJ fact sheet shows that California's decades-long declines in arrests have continued through the state's justice reform era into 2018.

Closing San Francisco's Juvenile Hall: An Analysis of the Youth Population

New CJCJ research offers a deeper understanding of population trends within the San Francisco’s juvenile justice system amid planning for the closure of the city's juvenile hall.

New Fact Sheet: A Decade of Declines in Violence Among San Francisco Youth

A new CJCJ fact sheet finds that violent crimes fell by 64 percent among youth in San Francisco in the last ten years.

New Fact Sheet: Crime in L.A. County’s Major Cities Decline Amid Statewide Justice Reform

New CJCJ research finds crime rates have declined among Los Angeles County's major cities during California's justice reform era (2010-2018).

New Fact Sheet: Urban Crime Declines During California's Justice Reform Era (2010-2018)

A new CJCJ publication analyzes urban crime across 73 large cities and finds that crime rates in California have declined during a period of large-scale criminal justice reform.

Vanishing Violence: Tracking California's remarkable collapse in youth crime

The San Francisco Chronicle speaks with CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males about youth crime trends, which have fallen off drastically since the 1990s, leaving juvenile halls emptied and experts mystified.

Fewer California youth are getting arrested, but those arrested face more consequences

As youth arrests plummet in California, falling 76 percent from 2007-17, the proportion of arrested youth subjected to court action has skyrocketed. 

High Rates of Incarceration Not Linked to Less Crime

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males investigates claims that incarceration reduces crimes by taking a deeper look at California's crime and imprisonment trends among various age demographics.

San Francisco police fail to specify charges in nearly 90 percent of youth arrests in 2017

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) deviates from all other law enforcement agencies in California in two key ways: it fails to properly report Latino statistics, and it fails to specify exactly what offenses it charges nearly nine in 10 arrested youths.

The Scanner: Complaints against cops fell with body cams, but questions remain

The San Francisco Chronicle quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on current crime trends in California in the eighth year of its "justice reform era."

Property and Violent Crimes Up, Homicides and Human Trafficking Down

The Potrero View quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article about ongoing problems with San Francisco Police Department reporting practices and recent crime trends. 

The Number of Youth in Juvenile Detention in California Has Quietly Plummeted

The Voice of San Diego quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on California's steadily declining youth crime trends and emptying juvenile justice facilities.

NJ marijuana legalization: Why are NJ cops arresting fewer kids, more boomers?

App.com, part of the USA Today Network, quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on crime trends amid major marijuana policy reforms.

Former police officer goes on trial for killing unarmed 15-year-old

The Washington Post quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on the impact and prevalence of police shootings during the trial of an officer in Dallas.

Youth curfews don’t work, open towns to costly lawsuits

The Press of Atlantic City quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on the deficiencies of youth curfews.

Busting the Myth of Immigrant Crime

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males authors a commentary article in Yes! Magazine on immigration, which analyzes violence in white communities compared to diverse sanctuary communities.

Curfews still controversial, but they can pack big fines

NJ.com quotes CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males on the dangers of youth curfew policies, which criminalize youth without improving community safety.

California’s County Jails Show Population Reductions Amid Statewide Prison Reform

Despite initial fears that reductions in prison populations would rebound to counties by increasing jail populations, statewide prison reform now appears to be a model for “jail reform.”

Youth Much Less Likely to Shoot or Be Shot Now, No Thanks to Adults

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males pens an Op-Ed on decreased gun violence among youth in major cities across the U.S. amid the nation's continued atrocities of gun violence and mass shootings.

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Arrests for Drug Possession After California Proposition 47, 2011–2016

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPHhighlights key research by CJCJ's Mike Males and Lizzie Buchen, which examines five states following the passage of marijuana reform policies.

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.

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