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CJCJ Post-Graduate Fellow Courtney Lam reflects on last week's Assembly Public Safety Committee in Sacramento.
SB 838 would create mandatory minimums for youth in the justice justice system. CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen explains this is a "step backward."
Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, is featured on the Gil Gross show to discuss the negative impact of mandatory minimums on California's youth.
CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses the negative impact of mandatory minimums for youth in the Contra Costa Times.
CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen highlights the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's youth in the San Jose Mercury News.
CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen comments on the dangers of SB 838, which would establish the first mandatory minimum sentence in California's juvenile justice system.
CJCJ Board member Patti Lee, of San Francisco's Public Defender's Office, says establishing mandatory minimums for California's youth is a "grave mistake."
Lizzie Buchen, CJCJ's Communications and Policy Analyst, discusses the negative impact mandatory minimums would have on California's juvenile justice system in a recent Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Op-ed.
SB 838 would establish the first mandatory minimum sentences in California's juvenile justice system. These sentences are punitive, reject the notion of rehabilitation, and do not prevent crime. Help us stop this bill from becoming law!
Bills authored in response to specific events are well-meaning but will rarely result in good public policy.
SB 838 could dramatically increase the number of youth tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system. CJCJ strongly opposes this bill because it fails to deter crime, denies young people opportunities for education and rehabilitation, and threatens public safety.
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