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The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children

A dramatic development with profound implications for Califorina's criminal justice system has occured over the last three decades: an enormous decline in arrests among the youngest Californians.

Why Do We Resist Individualized Justice?

“Demographic determinism” persists even among progressives. It needs to stop.

Disgraceful Rhetoric from Baltimore

Rhetoric blaming youth for destruction in Baltimore reinforces America’s troubling historical narrative against the young and poor.

CJCJ in the news: San Francisco Criminal Justice Leaders Push for Change at Race Summit

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males discusses his latest findings on racially disproportionate arrests in San Francisco.

April News from CJCJ

Formerly incarcerated Californians advocate for reform; San Francisco's Racially Disproportionate Arrest Rates Persist; CJCJ youth client gets a fresh start

San Francisco's Disproportionate Arrest Rates of African American Women Persist

new CJCJ fact sheet analyzing data shows the disproportionately high arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco.

CJCJ in the news: African Americans cited for resisting arrest at high rate in S.F.

SF Gate highlights CJCJ's study on the disproportionate arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco. 

Books not Bars is Right

A person's education level doesn't just correlate to employment and salary — it's also correlated with a person's likelihood of being murdered.

CJCJ in the news: It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime

Pacific Standard Magazine highlights research by CJCJ's Mike Males on the role of poverty in causing youth crime.

Why Teen Drug Use Surveys Are Meaningless

After California decriminalized marijuana, teenage behaviors improved dramatically. Pay no attention to dubious drug-use surveys, which bear no relationship to any measure of youthful well-being.

Legal marijuana did not lead to increase in deadly “driving while stoned”

Colorado and Washington saw a drop in fatal car accidents involving marijuana, but still fail to produce sufficient data to track reforms.

Killing by California Law Enforcement: It Is What You Think (Part II)

Those most at risk of being killed by officers (rates 2.5 to 20 times the state average): Native Americans ages 20-44; African Americans ages 15-49 and 65-69; Latinos ages 20-34.

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

Rolling Stone discusses a recent CJCJ report on marijuana reform.

"Young black men" is not a metaphor for violence

The failures of local authorities to hold police accountable for killing unarmed black men deserve angry condemnation -- not more stereotyping.

Preteen crime is disappearing from California

Arrests of Californians under age 12 fell by a staggering 93 percent over the last 30 years — and no one seems to have noticed.

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.

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.

Who Are Police Killing?

Over the last four decades, some 15,000 Americans have been killed by law enforcement officers. Native Americans are most at risk, followed by African Americans.

Is California Finally Figuring Out Drugs?

"No state has embraced both illegal drugs and the official wars thereon like California," writes Mike Males. After a roller coaster half-century, the state may finally be on its way to good drug policy.

California's Radical Youth Trends

Huge reductions in youth incarceration, huge increases in populations of youth of color — and huge reductions in youth crime. Who knew?

CJCJ in the news: You can’t blame immigrants for gun violence

CJCJ's Mike Males on the truth about gun violence, gun control, and youth of color.

Who's Really Dying from Guns in the United States?

32,351 Americans died from gunfire in 2011. Nearly half of them were older white men shooting themselves. 

Who's Threatening Murrieta's "Safety"?

A California city's mayor and shouting protestors claim 140 Latino women and child immigrants threaten their town's "safety." The city's own crime statistics suggest otherwise. 

An American Gun Death Every 16 Minutes in 2011

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males: But no one likes to talk about who's dying from guns, or how.

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