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Juvenile realignment: is local supervision the answer?
Juvenile realignment: is local supervision the answer? Victorville Daily Press, May 4, 2012
The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California Reclaiming Futures, April 30, 2012

Announcing the release of the Juvenile Placement Manual 2012

Attention youth advocates, probation officers, public defenders, and county placement agencies:     CJCJ's Sentencing Service Program is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 edition of the Juvenile Placement Manual. The manual is a result of 27 years of effort by Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice staff to develop the best juvenile disposition options available.  The manual contains updated and expanded information about approximately 150 residential placement options for juvenile…

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California California Progress Report, April 24, 2012

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California

The Case for Phased Juvenile Justice Realignment in California Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, April 23, 2012

Pew Study: strong majority of voters favor alternatives to incarceration
A new Pew research poll released last week shows that voters across the U.S. are overwhelmingly in favor of reducing prison spending and support shifting resources to community supervision rather than incarceration, specifically for low-level offenders.  The national poll also shows that voters prioritize reductions in recidivism as the primary "end goal" of corrections, even if it means offenders spend less time behind bars and more time in rehabilitative programming.   Public…
High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms

High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms California Progress Report, February 16, 2012

High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms

High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, February 13, 2012

AB 12: more placement options for juvenile courts
Gov. Brown's proposal to phase-out DJF entirely starting with no new commitments as of January 1, 2013, has many California counties worried about what to do with their most high risk youth, especially the few counties whose juvenile facilities are nearing capacity.  The perceived lack of alternatives has many counties' prosecutors thinking their only option will be to directly transfer this population to adult court.  However, there are in fact many local options for handling youth that would…
San Bernardino County's model program for youth offenders
Since 2007, San Bernardino County's Probation Department has made strategic, bold changes in order to align their systems with modern and effective best practices for the rehabilitation and reentry of youth offenders.  Prior to 2007, San Bernardino had a history of state-dependency for their youthful offender population and was the subject of a lawsuit for facility conditions and practices.  Over the last four years, the county has demonstrated admirable leadership and innovation in utilizing…
The Closing of the Massachusetts Reform Schools and the Legacy of Jerome Miller

The Closing of the Massachusetts Reform Schools and the Legacy of Jerome Miller Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, January 4, 2012

New Year, New Opportunities for Reform

New Year, New Opportunities for Reform California Progress Report, December 30, 2011

New Year, New Opportunities for Reform

New Year, New Opportunities for Reform Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, December 29, 2011

Bold and innovative leadership from Alameda County
Alameda County's Chief Probation Officer David Muhammad demonstrates innovative and determined leadership through his new approach to serving juvenile justice involved youth.  He employs a youth development framework that views youthful offenders not simply as a "bundle of needs and problems", but rather as individuals with real resiliency and strengths that can be incorporated into their plan for rehabilitation and reentry.  In his recent keynote address at the California Wellness…
The Closing of the Massachusetts Reform Schools and the Legacy of Jerome Miller

The Closing of the Massachusetts Reform Schools and the Legacy of Jerome Miller Youth Today, December 19, 2011

Alameda County realignment plan 'ambitious' but moving in the right direction
Alameda County realignment plan 'ambitious' but moving in the right direction Oakland Tribune, December 11, 2011
Celebrating Dr. Miller's Legacy
Over the course of 1971 to 1972 aremarkable event occurred that permanently altered conventional assumptionsabout justice administration. Jerome G Miller, then commissioner of youthcorrections in Massachusetts,systemically carried out the most sweeping reforms in correctional history. Heclosed the state's five juvenile reform schools and transferred over 1,500youths to an assortment of community-based programs. These actions, which wereat first greeted with skepticism and derision by much…
Counties dilemma: how to use funds for inmates
Counties dilemma: how to use funds for inmates San Francisco Chronicle, December 5, 2011
Can restorative justice halt the school-to-prison pipeline?
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend a two-day conference entitled, "Exposing Structural Racism from Within: The Power of Restorative Justice," sponsored by the Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley.  Conferences, especially those in an academic environment, usually tend to focus only on the problems, however this time I left with an overwhelmed, yet hopeful, mind.  While there was plenty of theoretical discourse on how, and if, restorative justice as a model has the…
Time for juvenile justice reform
After 5 years, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted their most successful national conference with over 3,000 registrants from across the country this year.  From October 12th through October 14th, OJJDP presented over 65 workshops, utilizing 11 distinct tracks.  The tracks provided particular perspectives, such as those specifically tailored for funders, law enforcement, and tribal communities, but also included more over-arching juvenile justice topics to…
Pete Brook interviews CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair
Listen to this excellent podcast by Prison Photography's Pete Brook, interviewing CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair on the history of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice and the evolution of criminal and juvenile justice in California. PPOTR #3: Interview with Dan Macallair of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice by Pete Brook
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…
California counties punished for best-practices
As counties prepare for criminal justice realignment, the disparities between counties' sentencing practices become increasingly apparent.  State-dependant counties, who have higher rates of state imprisonment, have been allocated substantially more funding than self-reliant counties.  Rather than basing the funding allocation on county crime rates, the funding formula is based on the number of low-level offenders each county currently has in state prison.  There is no doubt counties will need…
Executive Director Daniel Macallair pays tribute to Allen Breed
CJCJ's Executive Director, Daniel Macallair, honors the life and achievements of juvenile justice reformer Allen Breed, in this article published in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on July 27, 2011. Daniel Macallair: A Fond Farewell to Allen Breed
San Francisco leading the way in Criminal Justice Realignment
San Francisco's Executive Committee of the Community Corrections Partnership has been devising a plan for realignment and presented their model for implementation to the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee at a public hearing yesterday at City Hall.  California's Criminal Justice Realignment Bill (A.B. 109) was approved on April 4, 2011 and is set to take effect October 1, 2011. Their plan focuses on collaboration between agencies in order to best serve the new population of inmates…

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