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Commentary: Americans Are Tired of Innocent Black Men Being Targeted by Bigots
Commentary: Americans Are Tired of Innocent Black Men Being Targeted by Bigots BET National News, March 30, 2012
Hundreds of Kids Arrested on an Unproven Hunch

Hundreds of Kids Arrested on an Unproven Hunch Voice of San Diego, March 11, 2012

San Francisco Youth Crime at Record Low
San Francisco Youth Crime at Record Low
Why the prison population is getting older
Why the prison population is getting older KALW News, February 28, 2012
Move Over, Police?
Move Over, Police? The Crime Report, February 10, 2012
Bringing Down Youth Prisons and Building a Better Place
Bringing Down Youth Prisons and Building a Better Place Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, February 3, 2012
Judge Hyman "California Juvenile Prison Shutdown"
Judge Hyman "California Juvenile Prison Shutdown" Legal Broadcast Network, February 2, 2012
Santa Cruz County tries more juveniles as adults
Santa Cruz County tries more juveniles as adults The Imperfect Parent, January 18, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system Oakland Tribune, January 6, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system Contra Costa Times, January 6, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system San Jose Mercury News, January 6, 2012
The Juvenile Crime Decline [video blog]
CJCJ Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males talks about hopeful trends in California's juvenile crime rates, and gives an optimistic outlook on the future of California's youth and juvenile justice system. You can read his latest report on the juvenile crime decline here: http://www.cjcj.org/files/Deincarceration_2011.pdf   ~ Mike Males, Ph.D. CJCJ Senior Research Fellow
California's annual homicide rates declined
California's annual homicide rates declined Oakland Tribune, December 6, 2011
California's startling youth trends: Does more "youth on the streets" mean more crime?
California's startling youth trends: Does more "youth on the streets" mean more crime?
Wrong ideas: Curfews and Incarceration

Wrong ideas: Curfews and Incarceration Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 14, 2011

California Sentencing Practices, 2009
California Sentencing Practices, 2009
No-one can explain California's astonishing youth crime plunge
Never have California youth been more numerous (4.2 million age 10-17 in the 2010 census), more racially diverse (71% now are Hispanic, black, Asian, or otherwise of color), or of recent immigrant origin. Never have youth been more uncurfewed (lowest level of policing ever recorded), uncaged (the percentage of youth incarcerated in state and local facilities has plunged to an all-time low), and underserved (budget cuts have forced spending on a wide array of youth services). Never in post-Gold…
Why Curfews Don't Work
Why Curfews Don't Work East Bay Express, September 7, 2011
Banning Youths From Streets May Make Us Less Safe: Mike Males
Banning Youths From Streets May Make Us Less Safe: Mike Males Bloomberg Businessweek, August 31, 2011
More juveniles in Santa Cruz County tried as adults than state average
More juveniles in Santa Cruz County tried as adults than state average San Jose Mercury News, August 30, 2011
Release the Real Low Risk Prisoners
As the state of California responds to the recent Supreme Court decision ordering the release of 30,000 or more prisoners, there needs to be an awareness of what kinds of prisoners pose the greatest risk of returning to crime.  It always seems to be the conventional wisdom that those serving time for property, drug and other non-violent offenders, plus parole violators, are considered to be "low-risk" offenders.  Thus any discussion of what kinds of prisoners that ought to be released tends…
Teen curfews: Protect teens, curb crime, or just peace of mind?
Teen curfews: Protect teens, curb crime, or just peace of mind? Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 13, 2011
Knockout King: Kids call it a game. Academics call it a bogus trend. Cops call it murder.
Knockout King: Kids call it a game. Academics call it a bogus trend. Cops call it murder. Riverfront Times, June 9, 2011
People age 40 and up buck tradition, commit more crime while felony juvenile arrests drop
People age 40 and up buck tradition, commit more crime while felony juvenile arrests drop Los Angeles Daily News, May 26, 2011
Schools Still Safest Places for Kids*
Following the killings at Columbine and other schools around the country in the late 1990s, public officials reacted with a frenzy. It was a classic case of exception-based policies: a few, isolated cases that were clearly the exception rather than the rule became the basis for wide-ranging policies. One report noted at the time that "A moral panic swept the country as parents and children suddenly feared for their safety at school." One middle-school principal claimed school shootings could…

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