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40th anniversary of Massachusetts juvenile justice reform
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the closure of Massachusetts' youth training schools; instigating a massive and sweeping juvenile justice reform effort led by Dr. Jerome Miller. CJCJ is celebrating Dr. Miller's success and legacy this month, with a video blog by Dr. Miller's close friend and former colleague, Executive Director Daniel Macallair: http://bit.ly/tNkNUn Also this month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is holding a Symposium entitled, "Shutting Down the Massachusetts…
The De-incarceration of California's Juvenile Justice System

The De-incarceration of California's Juvenile Justice System Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 30, 2011

Wrong ideas: Curfews and Incarceration

Wrong ideas: Curfews and Incarceration Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 14, 2011

Veterans impacted by the criminal justice system
Veterans returning from war zones face copious challenges upon re-entering their communities and many encounter the criminal justice system in some capacity.  CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow, William (Bud) Brown conducts research on this issue.  In his recent paper, published in CJCJ's Justice Policy Journal (JPJ) earlier this year, Dr. Brown conducted a study finding that veterans with PTSD and alcohol dependency related to combat are more likely to be impacted by the criminal justice system. …
Promoting the "get tough" crime control agenda: PORAC
Promoting the "get tough" crime control agenda: PORAC
Ignoring the Evidence: CDAA
Ignoring the Evidence: CDAA
Audio broadcast "It's all business" out now
"It's all business" is a short broadcast that discusses the role lobbying firms play in exacerbating the current prison crisis in California. Lobbying firms represent special interest groups in California, promoting and opposing legislation based on the agenda of their clients.  These firms specialize in strategic political marketing both to the legislature and to the public through the media. This broadcast aims to highlight the influential role lobbying firms play in shaping…
Audio broadcast "Money Talks" out now
"Money Talks" is a four-minute broadcast that introduces listeners to the criminal justice special interest group landscape in California, highlighting key players and the strategies they employ to promote their agenda in California's criminal justice policymaking.   Modern American society is characterized by an unequal distribution of power and economic resources, wherein those who have the greatest access to resources are most able to have their interests represented by the law. …
CA Policy: Round up
This blog concludes a nine-part CA policy series of blogs focused on California's special interest groups and their impact on criminal justice policy.  You can find the full series on CJCJ's California Criminal Justice Interest Group Watch .  The series aimed to answer the question: when it comes to promoting criminal justice policy in California, what works and why? I conducted my exploration of this issue through three channels: ~ Examining various marketing strategies deployed by…
CA Policy: The corporate interest
Kathy Lynch is the legislative advocate for two California bail agent associations: the California Bail Agents Association (CBAA ); and Golden State Bail Agents Association (GSBAA ).  She founded Lynch & Associates in 1985. These two groups explicitly lobby for increases in the fee detainees must pay for bail-posting services.  In California, the Department of Insurance regulates bail premiums (the amount of money paid to a bail bondsman for their services), which are set as a percentage…
Annie E. Casey Foundation: No place for kids
Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released their newest publication, No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration .   It presents a fresh review of juvenile justice in America, and makes future recommendations for improving the system. Highlights include: ~ Roughly 60,500 youths in America are confined in correctional facilities (according to a 2007 census, and not including youths confined temporarily in detention centers). ~ Two of every five confined youths are…
Money Talks [audio]
"Money Talks" By Randall G. Shelden, Ph.D. & Selena Teji, J.D. Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice A political interest group is a group of individuals whose aim is to affect public policy decisions based on their common activities. This four-minute broadcast introduces listeners to the criminal justice special interest group landscape in California, highlighting key players and the strategies they employ to promote their agenda in California's criminal justice policymaking. …
California Sentencing Practices, 2009
California Sentencing Practices, 2009
It's all business [audio]
"It's all business" By Selena Teji, J.D. Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice This short broadcast discusses the role lobbying firms play in exacerbating the current prison crisis in California. Listen here If you would like to learn more about this issue, please visit our Interest Groups and Criminal Justice Policy page found under the public education tab on our homepage: $1cjcj.org/Policy-analysis/Political-Landscape.html$4
CA Policy: Playing the game
The Justice Policy Institute published its report, Gaming the System , in June 2011, documenting the political strategies employed by the private prison industry to promote national incarceration-driven criminal justice policies.  The publication highlighted three approaches to influencing policy, including: ~ Campaign Contributions ~ Lobbying ~ Relationships and Associations How does it work in California? I have been writing a series of blogs documenting various lobbying efforts in…
CA Policy: Beware of vigilante policymaking
There is no disputing that victims of crime deserve to have a voice in the criminal justice system.  Organizations like Crime Victims United of California (CVUC) offer an opportunity for victims to convene and access a legal system that can otherwise be difficult to penetrate.  In addition, CVUC has taken its victim advocacy to the legislature.  CVUC states it is the only organization of its kind, "and its team of expert lobbyists actively engage in the legislative process -- to ensure that…
CA Policy: CNOA's war on rehabilitation
My last blog featured a prominent and successful lobbyist, John Lovell, and described the influential power a lobbyist can wield by representing a collective of agencies with similar agendas.  The California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA) is yet another of the clients John Lovell has in his collection. CNOA was founded in 1964 and has approximately 7,000 members, including local, state, and federal peace officers, prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel.  It has historically…
CA Policy: The Law Offices of John Lovell
"Welcome to the Law Offices of John Lovell.  During the twenty years our firm has been in existence over 99% of the bills we have lobbied for have been signed into law in the California State Legislature.  The short and simple truth is, our effectiveness is unparalleled." This is the opening statement on The Law Offices of John Lovell's homepage .  John Lovell is one of the most prominent lobbyists in Sacramento, California; representing many corrections and law enforcement unions on issues…
CA Policy: the CCPOA political powerhouse
In my last two CA Policy blogs I discussed successful marketing strategies employed by special interest groups to thwart criminal justice policy reform.  The two propositions I depicted as examples, involved sophisticated use of rhetoric and multimedia visibility.  Both Proposition 66 and Proposition 5 were opposed by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), whose influential role in the opposition campaigns is documented in CJCJ's CCPOA Information Sheet . Here's a…
CA policy: Gimmicks versus Facts: the politics of marketing
In my last blog , I discussed the effectiveness of a 3-week media blitz that overthrew a California Proposition backed by significant financial investment, popular support, and academic research.  This week's blog will explore another example of the importance of a good marketing strategy when campaigning for criminal justice initiatives. California Proposition 5 (2008) Prop. 5 , known also as the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (NORA), was a ballot initiative scheduled for the…
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…
Selena Teji on the 58 cooks in California's juvenile justice kitchen

Selena Teji on the 58 cooks in California's juvenile justice kitchen Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, August 24, 2011

Selena Teji on California's Broken Juvenile Detention System

Selena Teji on California's Broken Juvenile Detention System Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, August 18, 2011

CA policy: Three Strikes Reform: What happened last time?
On the November 2, 2004 California ballot, Proposition 66 was designed to place limitations on California's "Three Strikes" law enacted in 1994.   In response to the increasing numbers of third-strikers serving 25-years-to-life for drug possession, the initiative intended to require that the third-strike conviction be for a violent or serious felony in order to apply an increased sentence. According to the Legislative Analyst's Office , Proposition 66 would have saved the state several…
Counties begin the daunting task of realignment
As the October 1st deadline edges closer, California's counties have started formulating their plans for how they will manage the new population of at the local level.  Assembly Bill 109 defines the realignment, which was prompted by the May 2011 Supreme Court decision to reduce prison overcrowding in California.  For information on the practical application of AB 109, read Emily Luhrs' blog, Myths vs. Facts -- Clearing up the realignment debate .  The most significant change the bill…

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