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Gangs taking to the suburbs, including Albemarle
- Mar 30, 2013
Treating people who come from places where gangs proliferate as gang members themselves only perpetuates the cycle, Maccallair said.
Against violence and against incarceration
- Lizzie Buchen, Mar 14, 2013
Anti-violence activists, who often demand harsher penalties for offenders, tend to work in opposition to those fighting overuse of incarceration, who call for the opposite. This antagonism leaves women of color on the sidelines, as they are disproportionately impacted by both gender-based violence and the criminal justice system.
Why a Curfew in Oakland Is Still a Bad Idea
- Aug 16, 2012
- Why a Curfew in Oakland Is Still a Bad Idea East Bay Express, August 16, 2012
Bringing stop-and-frisk to SF?
- Jul 13, 2012
- Bringing stop-and-frisk to SF? socialistworker.org, July 11, 2012
For juveniles, justice is biased
- Jul 7, 2012
- For juveniles, justice is biased Politico, July 6, 2012
Slavery's legacy alive and well in Louisiana
- Randall Shelden, Jul 3, 2012
- Douglas Blackmon's best-selling book Slavery by Another Name dispels one myth after another as he reveals the continuing of a system of slavery under a different name: convict leasing. This was a system whereby former black slaves were routinely rounded up on minor charges (or no charges at all) like vagrancy, placed in local county or town jails, brought to court and fined a small amount ($25 or $50). Since they could not pay the money (as they were too poor and were traveling from town to…
Who's crowding California's jails
- May 16, 2012
- Who's crowding California's jails KPCC, May 15, 2012
Bullying not gay teens' key problem
- May 14, 2012
- Bullying not gay teens' key problem Politico, May 11, 2012
Could bail reform bail out California's overcrowded jails?
- May 1, 2012
- Could bail reform bail out California's overcrowded jails? KALW radio, April 30, 2012
Two cheers for new Human Rights Watch report, "Old Behind Bars'
- Mike Males, Feb 28, 2012
- At John Jay University's recent criminal justice conference, I was given a report issued last month by Human Rights Watch on a topic of great interest, "Old Behind Bars ." My enthusiasm for HRW's documented concerns about the rapid aging of America's prison population diminished considerably as its authors indulged increasingly nasty comments about young people that detracted from its larger message. HRW's report is well worth obtaining for its outstanding array of statistics detailing the…
Report highlights racial disparities in CA's juvenile justice system
- Brian Heller de Leon, Jan 5, 2012
- A recent report by the W. Haywood Burns Institute indicates that while California's current corrections policies appear to be race-neutral, data shows that many young people of color are being incarcerated at higher rates than white youth for non-criminal acts rather than being treated for mental health and behavioral health needs. The report, titled "Non-Judicial Drivers into the Juvenile Justice System for Youth of Color" , highlights multiple studies that point to the same conclusion: …
Adults with juvenile records
- Selena Teji, Dec 30, 2011
- Adolescence is a challenging time for most people. Teenagers undergo significant developmental, physical, psychological, and social changes during a condensed decade of time. We have all done embarrassing things as adolescents; however, we are comforted by our coming of age and the slow regression of those memories. According to a recent study , while 1 in 3 Americans have some contact with the juvenile justice system -- most are cited for infractions. Youth who commit crime are in the…
Securing employment for ex-offenders, locally
- Emily Luhrs, Dec 9, 2011
- An estimated 25 % of all Californian's have a criminal record, many landing in San Francisco, where rate of unemployment among ex-offenders is disproportionately high. Even though San Francisco, and other cities, including Berkeley and Oakland, have "Banned-the-box, " meaning employers can no longer inquire at the application phase about past criminal convictions, barriers still exist for this particular population. For instance, many employers still conduct background checks , often using…
Philly Greens Call Curfew, "new Jim Crow"
- Oct 31, 2011
- Philly Greens Call Curfew, "new Jim Crow" OpEdNews.com, October 28, 2011
The Trouble With Youth Curfews
- Oct 27, 2011
- The Trouble With Youth Curfews Atlantic Cities, October 26, 2011
Oakland right to be skeptical of curfews
- Oct 18, 2011
- Oakland right to be skeptical of curfews San Francisco Chronicle, October 18, 2011
To Curb Juvenile Crime and Violence, Oakland Debates Teen Curfew
- Oct 4, 2011
- To Curb Juvenile Crime and Violence, Oakland Debates Teen Curfew Bay Citizen, October 4, 2011
Why Curfews Don't Work
- Sep 7, 2011
- Why Curfews Don't Work East Bay Express, September 7, 2011
Banning Youths From Streets May Make Us Less Safe: Mike Males
- Sep 1, 2011
- Banning Youths From Streets May Make Us Less Safe: Mike Males Bloomberg Businessweek, August 31, 2011
Curfews: Crime Fighting Or Racial Profiling?
- Aug 18, 2011
- Curfews: Crime Fighting Or Racial Profiling? NPR, August 17, 2011
Maryland Youth Curfew Bill Brings Protests
- Jul 22, 2011
- Maryland Youth Curfew Bill Brings Protests Epoch Times, July 21, 2011
San Francisco may bar employers, landlords from asking about arrests, convictions
- Jul 20, 2011
- San Francisco may bar employers, landlords from asking about arrests, convictions Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2011
Proposition 19: Will the Drug Warriors Win Again?
- Randall Shelden, Oct 23, 2010
- Proposition 19, California's initiative that would legalize marijuana, is opposed by the majority of the citizens, according to the latest polls, as reported in the Los Angeles Times . Proposition 19 "Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds,…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 4, Number 2 - Fall 2007
- Sep 12, 2010
- (ISSN 1530-3012)
From the editor
Parolee Day Treatment in California: Action Research with Parolees in an Urban Setting
Life After 'Life': Wrongly Convicted But Never Truly Free
Juvenile Sexual Offenders: An analytical View of Effective Programming
Jail Wall Drawings and the Role of Artistic Creativity in Community Reintegration
A Convict Criminology Perspective on Women Guarding Men
From the editor
By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. and Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D.
Marijuana: California's Black "Criminal (In)justice System"
- Mike Males, Jul 30, 2010
- Two provocative papers issued by CJCJ this month find that despite racial progress in other areas, American authorities' historical campaign to associate taboo drugs, particularly marijuana, with "Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos," and other minorities (U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics Harry Anslinger, 1936) remains powerful in 2010. CJCJ's first paper analyzes new criminal justice, health, and drug monitoring agency statistics to document that California operates a separate, harshly unequal…
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