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Why not a war on child poverty?

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males is featured in Reuters discussing youth crime and poverty.

Why Statistical Bigotry Is Just Bigotry, Round 2

Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson shows once again how statistics are misused to justify prejudicial policing

California's Urban Violent Crime Rate Falls in First Half of 2013

CJCJ released a fact sheet today using new FBI crime data for the first six months of 2013.

Inflamed Rhetoric, Senseless Killings, Light Verdicts: Grownups, “Stand Your Ground”

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males examines myths related to youth crime in light of the Michael Dunn verdict.

OP-ED: Are Teenage Crime Proneness and Adolescent Risk Taking Obsolete Myths?

Mike Males, Senior Research Fellow is Op-ed is featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Dan Walters: Brown Gets Win on Prisons, But Political Angst Continues

The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters highlights a new report by CJCJ that finds no conclusive causal trend between Realignment and recent crime trends.

Conflicting Reports

The North Coast Journal references CJCJ's new Realignment report that finds no direct connection between Realignment and violent crime rates.

Don’t Blame Realignment for Crime Spike

Beyond Chron highlights a new CJCJ report on the impact of Realignment on California's crime rates.

No link between California’s Prison Realignment and increased crime, study says

The Long Beach Press Telegram highlights a new CJCJ report that finds little evidence of a connection between Realignment and increased crime rates.

Report: Rising auto thefts in Monterey County may not be related to prison realignment

The Monterey Herald reports on CJCJ's recent analysis of crime trends in post-Realignment California.  

California's 58 Crime Rates: Realignment and Crime in 2012

CJCJ's interactive map and a new report using 2012 data show 58 radically different Realignment experiences, with no statewide pattern emerging.

CNN, “Experts” Reiterate the Press’s Ethic: It’s OK to Lie about Kids

Why do the media erroneously create and publicize misperceptions about the moral development of teens, rather than correct them?

Another Round of "Knockout Game" Idiocy

Many reporters and experts seem sadistically bent on creating fear in an aging population by manufacturing endless teen-violence panics

Knockout game: Videos of the teen attacks go viral; the crime’s not viral

Knockout game: A violent teen prank – seen in videos, but probably still an isolated trend – highlights the need to establish strong connections between young people and their community.

Why the Gigantic, Decades-Long Drop in Black Youth Crime Threatens Major Interests

How can such an encouraging development as a massive drop in youth crime be treated as such bad news that no one will even talk about it? It's worse than that: politicians, crime lobbies, and the news media needs black youths to be murderous thugs.

OP-ED: Opening Our Eyes to Uncomfortable Truths

...when we take into account the level of poverty, kids don’t commit crimes at a higher rate than adults. Take a few seconds and read the previous sentence again. 

2011 data provide baseline and initial effects of Realignment

CJCJ’s California Sentencing Institute (CASI) released its 2011 data today, providing a statewide baseline of county practices prior to, and in the initial stages of, AB 109 implementation.

Despite crime rate, Santa Cruz County sends few to prison

A discussion of Santa Cruz County's low use of incarceration, unique offender demographic, and what is needed for a tailored approach to local crime.

REALIGNMENT: Is it to blame for more crime?

Riverside County struggling with overcrowded jails and an uptick in violent crime, chronic unemployment cited as a factor.

Officials find no easy conclusions in prison realignment review

Nearly 18 months after the state's prison realignment law took effect, Merced officials agree the jury is still out on whether it meets its intended goals.

Youth incarceration at 35-year low nationally

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new report this week highlighting a national 35-year low in youth incarceration with drops across almost every state. Despite this decline in youth crime, it is clear that state and local policies do not reflect an investment in achieving the goals of long-term public safety.

Part IV: Trends in Girls' Crime

This is the last of my four part blog series on girls and juvenile justice. Part I provided an overview of the most recent information, Part II discussed the prevalence of histories of sexual abuse among justice-involved girls, Part III dealt with runaways, and this blog will conclude with the most common offense committed by girls.

Part III: Trends in girls' crime

It was noted in part II of this series that girls who run away from home are often doing so because of sexual abuse at home.  As reported in the New York Times an estimated 1.6 million juveniles run away from or are thrown out of their homes each year; over half are girls. 

Who is causing crime in California?

Sensationalized stories and anecdotal information in the media over the past year may make you want to hide behind a closed door.  In 2011, Realignment caused great concern that floods of state inmates would walk out of state prison and into the streets.  This of course was not true, but over the last year media stories have highlighted concerns that Realignment is causing more local crime. 

Police hiring boom hits Bay Area departments

After years of cutbacks, layoffs -- and now climbing crime rates -- police departments throughout the Bay Area have begun taking on new recruits again.

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