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Who has the right to "stand your ground"?
Florida teenager Trayvon Martin had been dead for a month and the national furor over his shooting by vigilante George Zimmerman was into its third week before anyone, to my knowledge, asked that fundamental question.  Law enforcement officials, experts, and commentators across the spectrum had assumed that the only issue was whether Zimmerman was entitled to use Florida's "stand your ground" law to justify shooting Martin. MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris Perry finally declared what the…
Move Over, Police?
Move Over, Police? The Crime Report, February 10, 2012
TCWF provides paid-time off to nonprofit health execs
TCWF provides paid-time off to nonprofit health execs Ventura County Star, February 1, 2012
Counties' modern secure facilities have enough institutional capacity for juvenile justice realignment
Counties' modern secure facilities have enough institutional capacity for juvenile justice realignment
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…
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…
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
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…
Associate Director Abu Qadir Al-Amin attends Connecting Communities for the Common Good
Faith and community leaders from across Colorado have been invited to join with the  White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Governor John Hickenlooper, other government officials and diverse nonprofit peers, for a series of innovative workshops, networking opportunities, and conversations with President Obama's Faith-based Offices across the federal government on July 27, 2011. CJCJ's own Abu Qadir Al-Amin will be attending this select meeting, demonstrating…
CJCJ embarks on new collaborative
Through a collaborative partnership, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, the Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California-Berkeley Law School, the Santa Cruz County Probation Department, and the Placer County Probation Department are currently developing data-driven strategies to reduce unnecessary incarceration of adult offenders at the county level.  Please see the following links for Santa Cruz County related websites: HelpSCC (www.helpscc.org )…
Renewing Juvenile Justice is now available on CJCJ's Resource Center
Commissioned by the Sierra Health Foundation, and authored by CJCJ, Renewing Juvenile Justice offers policy recommendations to move juvenile justice practices in California into the 21st Century.
The Morning Mix
The Morning Mix KPFA Radio, April 15,2011.
The Cost of the State's Division of Juvenile Facilities
The Cost of the State's Division of Juvenile Facilities
Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities
Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities
NoVA: San Francisco's Model Reentry Program Video
No Violence Alliance (NoVA) Project: San Francisco's Model Adult Case Management Reentry Program
No Violence Alliance (NoVA) Project: San Francisco's Model Adult Case Management Reentry Program
AN UPDATE: Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
AN UPDATE: Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
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:…
Model Community Mental Health Programming
The "Blueprint for Change " report released by The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice in 2007 highlights the need to address mental health treatment from a unified approach that includes both the juvenile justice system and mental health agencies. The report mentions several important cornerstones in the treatment of youth with mental disorders.  One of the key points is that all juvenile justice involved youth should be "systematically screened for mental illness". …
The Effects of Formal Processing of Juveniles
In January 2010, the Campbell Collaboration published a report titled "Formal System Processing of Juveniles: Effects on Delinquency ." This report offers an analysis of the effects of formal processing of juveniles. The debate involving formal processing of juveniles has two components: deterrence and the labeling effect.  Proponents argue that formal processing deters juveniles by scaring off low-level offenders.  It is also believed formal processing screens high-level offenders allowing…
No Violence Alliance (NoVA) Video Overview
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 6, Number 2 - Fall 2009
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The Limits of Preventive Detention: Habeas Corpus, Boumediene v. Bush (2008) and Comparative Preemption Policy Public but Opaque: The Problems of Tracking Homicide Charging in a California County Exit Exams, the Prison Pipeline and Getting Tough Anyway A Review of Conceptual Contributions to Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Arenas A Century of Losing Battles: The Costly and Ill-Advised War on Drugs in the United States From the editor…
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Video Overview
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Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity
Closing California's Division of Juvenile Facilities: An Analysis of County Institutional Capacity

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