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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.

Longer sentences for youth do not improve public safety
Pathways to Desistance , a study of serious youth offenders, finds that long institutional commitments do not reduce recidivism and in fact can have the opposite effect.  The study follows over 1,300 youth convicted of serious felonies (inc. murder, robbery, and sex offenses) across the country over a seven-year period. A September 2012 factsheet  from the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) summarizes the latest findings of the study: ~ A youth's future likelihood to re-offend cannot…
Juveniles in adult courts: Moving in the opposite direction
California is moving in the opposite direction of the rest of the nation when it comes to transferring juveniles into adult court systems.  California's practice of filing juvenile cases in adult court is not congruent with the efforts of many states that are removing youth from adult criminal justice system, strengthening juvenile courts, and changing their transfer laws to ensure youth offenders remain in the juvenile system.   A new report from the national Campaign for Youth Justice …
Charging youths as adults in California, 2003-2010
Charging youths as adults in California, 2003-2010
Addendum to "Charging Youth as Adults in California" released
CJCJ has released an addendum to its February 2012 report entitled, Charging Youths as Adults in California: A county by county analysis of prosecutorial direct file practices . The purpose of the addendum is to highlight recently discovered limitations with the current state methods for collecting data on direct filing and to urge District Attorneys to proactively ensure that accurate data is submitted to the state's official database. Please find the addendum here:…
Addendum to Charging Youths as Adults
Addendum to Charging Youths as Adults
Report: Yolo County Highest Direct File Rate of Juvenile Cases in the State
Report: Yolo County Highest Direct File Rate of Juvenile Cases in the State Yolo Judicial Watch, February 17, 2012
Trying youths in adult courts proving ineffective
Trying youths in adult courts proving ineffective Capitol Weekly, February 16, 2012
Charging youths as adults in California: A county by county analysis
Charging youths as adults in California: A county by county analysis
Santa Cruz County tries more juveniles as adults
Santa Cruz County tries more juveniles as adults The Imperfect Parent, January 18, 2012
More juveniles in Santa Cruz County tried as adults than state average
More juveniles in Santa Cruz County tried as adults than state average San Jose Mercury News, August 30, 2011
Is Ventura Trying More Kids As Adults Than Any Other County... for the Money?
Is Ventura Trying More Kids As Adults Than Any Other County... for the Money? Witness LA, August 26, 2011
CJCJ publication finds direct filing does not reduce juvenile crime
The latest publication in CJCJ's Juvenile Justice Realignment Series analyses direct adult criminal court filings across California's 58 counties since the passage of Proposition 21 (2000). Direct filing allows prosecutors to unilaterally transfer youth to adult court, thereby circumventing juvenile court jurisdiction.* Read the full report at $1What_has_been_the_effect_of_Prop_21.pdf$4 Find out what others are saying about it in our attached press release, including statements by Assembly…
What has been the effect of Proposition 21?
What has been the effect of Proposition 21?
The impact of realignment on county juvenile justice practice
The impact of realignment on county juvenile justice practice

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