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Monterey County has among highest imprisonment rates

A report released this week by a nonprofit advocacy group, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, says there are wide disparities across California in how state prisoner realignment is being implemented.

Counties' continued disparities in Realignment implementation

Fact sheet on county-by-county implementation of AB 109 Realignment using data through June 30, 2013.

Post-Realignment prison admissions increase in 2013

Fact sheet analyzing new prison admissions by quarter shows admissions for property and drug crimes are on the rise in 2013.

Immigration Detainer Requests for Low Priority Marijuana Arrests

Fact Sheet on ICE hold requests for people with marijuana convictions in California, Oct. 2009 to Feb. 2013.

Op-ed: The myth of youthful drug offenders
An Op-ed by Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, featured in Reuters on August 19, 2013.
Why the Gigantic, Decades-Long Drop in Black Youth Crime Threatens Major Interests

How can such an encouraging development as a massive drop in youth crime be treated as such bad news that no one will even talk about it? It's worse than that: politicians, crime lobbies, and the news media needs black youths to be murderous thugs.

Mr. President (and Bill O’Reilly): How Did Trayvon Martin “Mess Up”?

Statistical bigotry is just bigotry. Though selectively applied to create fear toward young black men, it can be used to stigmatize any group in society, as illustrated here.

Detention of non-criminal individuals has impact on post-Realignment California

CJCJ releases report examining the large number of suspected undocumented immigrants, without a criminal history, who are detained in California’s local jails on non-mandatory holds. 

OP-ED: Opening Our Eyes to Uncomfortable Truths

...when we take into account the level of poverty, kids don’t commit crimes at a higher rate than adults. Take a few seconds and read the previous sentence again. 

Underaged & Suppressed?

Mike Males asserts that young people are politically vulnerable and scapegoated when it comes to gun control laws. Listen to the discussion on HuffPost Live.

OP-ED: The Gun Debate, Round 2: Let’s Learn From Young People, Not Demonize Them

"Bad information breeds expedient, ineffective policy, as exemplified by the administration’s surviving gun initiatives..."

212: A Modern History of Youth Bashing – With Mike Males

Author, sociologist and outspoken youth advocate Mike Males shares his insights on the social, political and cultural problem of blaming, shaming and framing youth.

Realignment in Los Angeles County

A closer examination of LA county's unique realignment trends.

Report smacks Monterey County for sending more than its share of felons to prison.

By sending more non-violent felons to prison than the state average, Monterey County isn’t doing as much as it could to help efforts for prison realignment, according to a new report.

Up Front

Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, discusses Realignment's impact on county-by-county disparities.

Beyond Realignment: Counties’ large disparities in imprisonment underlie ongoing prison crisis

California’s crises of prison overcrowding, unsustainable costs, and court-ordered population reductions are perpetuated by the disparate implementation of Realignment.

Police hiring boom hits Bay Area departments

After years of cutbacks, layoffs -- and now climbing crime rates -- police departments throughout the Bay Area have begun taking on new recruits again.

California’s Urban Crime Increase in 2012: Is “Realignment” to Blame?

This publication analyzes whether Realignment — in this case, the 46,000 offenders diverted to local management — contributed to increase in urban offenses in the first half of 2012.

Groups disagree if California crime rise related to prison plan

Public policy groups are seizing on new statistics from the FBI to claim California's prison realignment plan is causing "significant increases" in crime, even as others say the numbers show no connection at all.

Jon Stewart's thoughtless quip on young people and guns--It's just not funny
"How about we ... make guns less sexy so they won't be considered so cool by young people?" declared Jon Stewart, whose "Daily Show" semi-satiric news commentaries typically bring accolades from progressives. Those familiar with The Daily Show know Stewart often provides profound and original insights from which conventional commentators shrink. In a largely serious January 9 commentary, Stewart zeroed in on the extreme paranoia of a fraction of gun enthusiasts that some…
Federal takeover of Oakland police offers opportunities in new year
By Mike Males & Anthony Bernier Oakland, California's, troubled police department is the first ever to be taken over completely by a federal judge and his appointed director. Oakland's newest police chief, Howard Jordan, the fifth in a recent succession, has proven unable to reform a department plagued by systematic police brutality and racial profiling and, despite exorbitant budgets, chronic understaffing, abysmal crime-solving rates, and a severely backlogged laboratory. U.S. District…
Who's really murdering our children--and why won't we talk about it?
President Obama, in the wake of the massacre of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, says "we are not doing enoug to protect our children ." He's right, far more than he acknowledges.  How can we possibly "do enough" when the president, interests, and media commentators won't even talk about what the real dangers to our kids are?Here's a scary fact neither the president nor other commentators will contemplate, because it's just too…
Lead exposure and poverty: Have we gotten "youth violence" all wrong?
CJCJ authors have published several provocative studies documenting that teenagers and young adults are no more prone to risk-taking and crime than older adults once the fact 15-24 year-olds are 2-3 times more likely to suffer the economic and environmental harms associated with poverty than middle-agers is taken into account. We find terms like "adolescent risk taking" and "youth violence" are misnomers; rather, there are generally elevated risks that accompany worsening socioeconomic…
American gun debate stifled by myth, dogma, and resistance to crucial information
During Barack Obama's presidency, 3,000 American children and teenagers were murdered by violence inflicted by their parents and caretakers --a toll equal to last Friday's gun massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School every 10 days. An equal number of children were killed by parents too addicted, mentally ill, or uncaring to provide vital care. Has Obama eulogized these thousands of young victims--far more than are murdered in schools, colleges, theaters, and malls--as…
Lead and criminality: Is the EPA America's top crime-buster?
Why has crime, especially younger-age crime, plunged so dramatically in virtually every jurisdiction over the last 20 years regardless of its anti-crime policy or non-policy? We looked at standard explanations for the startling fact that today's California and national youth and young adults represent the least criminal and violent generation ever reliably assessed. None suffice. Most social and institutional conditions thought to generate more crime have not improved. Youth poverty rates…

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