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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…
Delancey Street Foundation celebrates its 40th Anniversary
I recently read an article in Yes Magazine's "Beyond Prisons " issue entitled, "Recipes for Recovery," highlighting San Francisco's own Delancey Street Foundation .  Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Delancey Street is a program unlike any other-- a reentry center for ex-prisoners and addicts, where the residents run the day-to-day, from housing, therapy sessions, businesses, such as their moving company and restaurant. I first learned about Delancey Street four years ago, when I…
Will federal funding give reentry another chance?
On Monday, June 20, 2011 Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced legislation to extend aspects of the Second Chance Act first passed in 2007.  The Second Chance Act Reauthorization Bill is scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee consideration on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The Reauthorization Bill will improve public safety and improve outcomes for individuals returning to communities from prisons and jails.  It is imperative during our economic crisis that…
The Morning Mix
The Morning Mix KPFA Radio, April 15,2011.
Closing the Door on Juvenile Lockups
Closing the Door on Juvenile Lockups The American Prospect, March 29,2011.
Best juvenile justice practices in motion: James Ranch proves it can be done at the county level.
Santa Clara County continues to demonstrate innovative and effective juvenile justice practices that allow it to serve even its most serious juvenile offenders at the county level, begging the question: why aren't other counties doing the same?  In 2006, Santa Clara County recognized that James Ranch was a failure.  It had extraordinarily high recidivism rates, due to a congregate care model that provided violence and custodial management instead of rehabilitation.  The County sent serious…
New 'Scared Straight' Series Backs Discredited Strategy
New 'Scared Straight' Series Backs Discredited Strategy Youth Today, January 12, 2011.
Bringing the Missouri Model to California
The Missouri Model, focused on therapeutic rehabilitation, intensive supervision, and reentry support, has been touted for many decades as an exemplary approach to juvenile justice that puts the devastatingly archaic California style of congregate, institutional, and punitive care to shame.  Advocates have frequently pushed for California to finally shed its demonstrably unsuccessful approach for the more enlightened, cost effective, and proven successful Missouri-style system. Critics have hit…
Navigating Change with Gordon Graham
I recently attended a training presented by Gordon Graham on his new curriculum entitled "Navigating Change: Charting Your Course."  This three-hour introductory overview provided what he terms a common sense approach to making life changes and facilitating change in others.  The training was engaging and particularly illuminating in its nuanced understanding of human experience.  Easy to understand examples and anecdotes enhanced the materials and tools discussed and placed basic…
Login Cabin Ranch Turns a Corner
Login Cabin Ranch Turns a Corner The Bay Citizen, September 1, 2010.
San Francisco's Juvenile Reentry Court to Participating Youth: "We've Got Your Back"
San Francisco's Juvenile Reentry Court to Participating Youth: "We've Got Your Back" Foster Care Reform Update: A Briefing for County and Statewide Collaborations, September 2010.
The Latest Look at the Effects of Juvenile Incarceration, California Style
The Latest Look at the Effects of Juvenile Incarceration, California Style Pacific Crime Blog, July 30, 2010.
Therapy that Works for the Youth
Senior Research Fellow Randy Shelden's recent blog, titled " The Washington State Institute for Public Policy researched a program that has demonstrated the ability to be successful with juvenile justice involved youth with mental health issues.  The results are in...Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) does reduce recidivism, thus reducing the related costs to taxpayers.  DBT, devised by Marsha Linehan, to treat clients with Borderline Personality Disorders is composed of four major modules:…
Fiscal Savings through Alternative Sentencing
The January 2010 special report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) titled "The Extravagance of Imprisonment Revisited " analyzes the cost effectiveness of alternative sentencing nationwide, highlighting California, Texas, New York, and Florida. Although there are numerous alternative sentences for non-serious offenders, this report focuses on four methods: electronic monitoring, reporting programs, drug treatment, and drug courts.  The fiscal savings is significant with…
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Video Overview
School safety programs that work
School safety programs that work, June 15, 2009
Locking Up Teenage Vandals in Texas
I came across this article in the Corpus Christi paper about two teenage taggers who were arrested for a "vandalism spree."  For these crimes they were placed in a juvenile hall for three weeks and then released on house arrest with electronic monitoring. This presents a good example of why the United States leads the world in youth and adult incarceration. When will be learn that incarcerating children for minor crimes does not make them better citizens.  Incarceration is for…
Daniel Macallair and Catherine McCracken educate California state Judges on juvenile dispositional options
Daniel Macallair and Catherine McCracken educate California state Judges on juvenile dispositional options   Executive Director Daniel Macallair, MPA and Sentencing Service Program Director Catherine McCracken, M.S., are leading experts in the development of presentence investigation reports for youthful offenders.  Recently Mr. Macallair and Ms. McCracken educated California state Judges on juvenile dispositional options at the exclusive 2009 Juvenile Law Institute.
2008/09 Juvenile Placement Manual released
CJCJ's Sentencing Service Program releases the 2008/09 Juvenile Placement Manual The Sentencing Service Program first released its Juvenile Placement Manual in 2002 to assist individuals in the important task of determining an appropriate placement for juvenile offenders.  The manual proved itself to be a valuable tool for defense counsel, prosecutors and probation as it contained information about juvenile placement options throughout California and the nation.  After five years of…
Merry Christmas to Bailout Recipients, Bah humbug to the rest of us
I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of reading about the "bailout."  A day does not go by without being reminded how much those already loaded with cash and goodies receive yet another Christmas present from we the taxpayers.  I guess the proverbial "last straw" for me was the report by the Associated Press that asked 21 banks that had received at least $1 billion from the government four simple questions: "How much has been spent? What was it spent on? How much is being held in…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 5, Number 2 - Fall 2008
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Racial Disproportionality in the American Prison Population: Using the Blumstein Method to Address the Critical Race and Justice Issue of the 21st Century Guns and Homicide: Is the Instrument-Focused Approach to Deterrence Efficacious? Guards or Guardians? A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Parenting Styles in Juvenile Correctional Programs Criminal History on a "Need To Know" Basis: Employment Policies that Eliminate the Criminal History Box…
Defense based disposition reports and juvenile justice reform
The San Francisco Public Defender's Office and the Pacific Juvenile Defender Association staged their yearly juvenile justice roundtable on Friday, November  7.   The conference was well attended by juvenile public defenders and defense counsel from around California.   I was asked to speak on the topic of presenting incarceration alternatives at disposition hearings. The importance of defense attorneys providing options to juvenile court judges at disposition hearings cannot be overstated.  I…
Support recovery not prison, vote 'yes' on Proposition 5
Support recovery not prison, vote 'yes' on Proposition 5 Register-Pajaronian, October 7, 2008
3 crime initiatives await voters in November
3 crime initiatives await voters in November San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2008

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