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High Rates of Incarceration Not Linked to Less Crime

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males investigates claims that incarceration reduces crimes by taking a deeper look at California's crime and imprisonment trends among various age demographics.

New Fact Sheet: Fresno County Shows Favorable Crime Trends in the Justice Reform Era (2010-2017)

A new CJCJ fact sheet finds that, amid substantial statewide criminal justice reform, Fresno County and the City of Fresno have experienced generally positive crime trends including a 28 percent drop in the rate of property crimes.

The Number of Youth in Juvenile Detention in California Has Quietly Plummeted

The Voice of San Diego quotes CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males in an article on California's steadily declining youth crime trends and emptying juvenile justice facilities.

It’s Going Down

The Santa Fe Reporter cites research by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in an article on declining youth crime and incarceration rates in New Mexico.

As the criminal justice reform movement grows, District Attorney Mike Hestrin reaches out to local youth

The Desert Sun highlights research by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, citing crime trends on the California Sentencing Institute.

By the Numbers: Why California Needs More Drug Treatment, Not Youth Prisons

Hundreds of thousands more youth are on the streets today, policed less than ever. Meanwhile, California crime rates hover near historic lows.

Travis Allen’s Mostly False Claim About Crime in California

Politifact uses data from CJCJ's recent report to fact check a statement made by California gubernatorial candidate, Travis Allen. 

Trump's distortions of crime, violence, drugs and youth

Trump’s address reveals dangerous misconceptions. Drugs and crime in America have virtually nothing to do with immigrants, foreigners, or youth.

California to Trump: What 'American carnage'? Things are far safer here than in the rest of America

Mike Males pens an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times disputing the claims made by President Trump and his administration. 

New Report: Urban Crime Trends Remain Stable Through California’s Policy Reform Era (2010-2016)

CJCJ's new fact sheet finds that, despite the implementation of large-scale criminal justice reforms, California’s urban crime rates remained stable from 2010 through early 2016.

States Must Move Funding from Correctional Facilities to Community-Based Treatment

CJCJ's Erica Webster pens an op-ed for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE). 

New Report: The Prosecution of Youth as Adults in California

A new report presents 2015 trends in California’s use of “direct file,” wherein prosecutors are granted sole discretion to file charges against youth as young as 14 years old directly in adult criminal court.

Who's behind the rise in crime? Could be Trump’s constituency: older whites

CJCJ's Mike Males pens an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times including his data showing that crime among older white people has increased and discouraging demographic scapegoating. 

New report tests to see if Prop 47 resulted in higher crime rates

CBS Monterey interviews CJCJ's Erica Webster about a new CJCJ report analyzing Proposition 47's impact on crime. 

New Report: Violent Crime Arrests of Youth in California Expected to Decline Through 2020

CJCJ's new research report predicts ongoing declines in the violent felony arrest rate of California's youth through 2020.

CJCJ Director awarded Juvenile Advocate of the Year, plus new Prop 47 report!

Prop 47 and Crime in 2015, CJCJ's Executive Director awarded Juvenile Advocate of the Year, and dedicated CJCJ youth mentors featured in a major news outlet.

Prop. 47: ‘Reckless experiment’ or hope for criminal justice reform?

The Los Angeles Daily News highlights CJCJ's new report which finds that Proposition 47's criminal justice reforms do not correlate with county-level crime changes in 2015. 

New Report: Prop 47 and Crime in 2015

CJCJ's new report provides a comparison of county-level crime changes to jail population changes and prison releases after the passage of Prop 47. 

August News from CJCJ: Celebrating the life of Juidell Preston

CJCJ remembers change-maker, Juidell Preston,  youth clients learn new skills in the High Sierras, and new CJCJ reports address juvenile justice issues in California.

CJCJ in the News: Milwaukee Is Latest City to Use Curfew to Tamp Down Unrest

The Associated Press interviews Mike Males, who criticizes Milwaukee's implementation of youth curfews after protests in the city became destructive. 

Fact Sheet: California's Youth and Young Adult Arrest Rates Continue a Historic Decline

A new fact sheet from CJCJ shows that, in 2015, arrests of young people under age 25 dropped below 2014 levels and continue a decades-long trend of decline

Crime and Violence by San Francisco Youth Plunges 80 percent in Last 20 Years

But strangely, youth entering the system are twice as likely to be incarcerated today.

New Report! Direct File Rates Arbitrarily Rising for Youth of Color

A new report examining the prosecution of youth as adults in California documents variations by county in the use of “direct file” and its disproportionate impact on youth of color.

Should Young People Be Banished from Public?

It’s for their own protection, leaders say, claiming “studies” show youth-control laws “prevent crime” and “save lives.” But do they? A critique of recent studies is revealing.

CJCJ in the news: Crime Moves Back Down in 2016 in Davis and West Sacramento

The Davis Vanguard highlights CJCJ's recent report analyzing Prop. 47's impact on crime. 

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