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Missouri's Innovative Concept Academy: One Powerful Idea

The Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis City, Missouri shows how one powerful idea can come to life when you are willing to think outside the box and challenge the status quo.

Kicked Out of School for Not Being “Feminine” Enough

Girls growing up face hurdles concerning gender identity and this bears directly to what they face upon entering the juvenile justice system.

Lawyers help troubled S.F. youths stay in class, out of jail

In partnership with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, CJCJ operates the Legal Advocacy Education Program (LEAP) to help at-risk youth obtain educational success.

LEAP TEAM TO RECEIVE GOOD GOVERNMENT AWARD

CJCJ's LEAP program receives 34th annual Good Government award on March 11, 2014. The LEAP team includes CJCJ's Board member Patti Lee and LEAP Advocate Marc Babus. 

Shutting Down the School-To-Jailhouse Pipeline in California

CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, is featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) discussing the reform efforts that have happened among policymakers and advocacy groups after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Concerns are presented with regard to the the potential over reliance on the juvenile justice system to address issues in the educational environment.

California Assembly Holds Hearing on Building Safe and Successful Schools

On Wednesday, June 12th, the California State Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color brought together policymakers, grassroots advocates, youth, educators, and concerned parents to offer their perspectives on school safety and education needs for youth of color. The hearing elevated voices, which need to be raised more often in Sacramento and across the state. 

Radio Smart Talk: School Safety

What Sandy Hook [-] did was shine a spotlight on school safety. 

Reengaging disconnected youth in a tough economy
While effects of the recent recession and slow economic rebound on the U.S. labor market have been well documented, less attention has been paid specifically to youth unemployment and its potential long-term impacts .  The rate of employment for 16-19 year-olds in the U.S. has dropped 42% since 2000, leaving 3 of 4 such youth jobless.  Even brief spells of youthful unemployment can cause what the Economist calls "wage scars "--decreased earning power lasting well into workers' adult years. …
Increased higher education spending enhances public safety and deters crime
California's budget demonstrates a commitment to correctional spending despite continued funding cuts to other important social services. According to California Common Sense , since 1980 "...the number of incarcerated felons in state prisons has increased more than eightfold despite relatively stable crime rates." Incarcerations and related costs have been driven up in part by the unnecessary incarceration of low-risk, non-violent offenders due to the Three Strikes law and similar…
An uncertain future for California's Higher Education
California is home to one of the finest higher education systems in the world; a catalyst for innovation, job creation, and academic excellence.  This includes the California Community Colleges, California State University (CSU), and University of California (UC) systems.  Higher education funds represent a long-term investment that accrues dividends beyond the classroom. On May 14, Governor Brown released his revised 2012-13 budget that outlined measures to fill an estimated $15.7 billion…
A call for shared sacrifice on juvenile corrections budget
The Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Public Safety are being pressured to reconsider the Governor's revised cost-saving proposal for the state's youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Facilities (commonly referred to as DJJ). Law enforcement agencies are demanding that the Legislature reduce or eliminate the new $24,000 per ward fee structure, which was proposed by the Governor's office in the May revised budget.  This amount greatly contributes to the $24.8 million in…
Social class and education
In my last blog I discussed the importance of social class as a determinant of everything that matters in life.  In this blog I quote a study that stated "Poverty and social disadvantage are most strongly associated with deficits in children's cognitive skills and educational achievements."  Social class strongly correlates with the level of education one receives including the probability of dropping out, which in turn strongly relates to crime and delinquency. Two recent studies further…
Misplaced priorities: California's spending on prisons vs. higher education
A March 1st SF Chronicle article highlighted recent comments made in Washington D.C. by retiring SF State President Robert Corrigan about California's excessive prison spending and annual cuts to higher education.  He noted that, "California is spending nearly as much money on prisons ($8.7 billion, or 9.45 percent of its budget), as it does on all of higher education ($9.3 billion, or 10.1 percent of its budget)".    Looking at just the UC's and CSU's, the state spends less than half ($4.6…
Holder targets school discipline practices: 'unacceptable,' 'destructive'
Holder targets school discipline practices: 'unacceptable,' 'destructive' The Daily Caller, February 27, 2012
Cops in Schools
The evidence is clear: having police on school campuses creates more problems than it solves.  This evidence has been provided by a detailed report from the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) called "Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools ." The reported noted that between 1997 and 2007 the number of "school resource officers" (SRO's) increased by 38%, largely as a result of zero tolerance policies enacted during this time.  Paralleling this growth has been the increase of…
Education versus incarceration: CSU budget runs dry while corrections funding soars
Education versus incarceration: CSU budget runs dry while corrections funding soars Golden Gate Xpress, January 16, 2012
Youth Today Breakdown of State Spending on Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Youth
Youth Today Breakdown of State Spending on Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Youth Youth Today, July 27, 2011
Student privacy vs. teacher safety
Student privacy vs. teacher safety Houston Chronicle, June 14, 2011
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 8, Number 1 - Spring 2011
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Warehoused: The Plight of 'Mad' Youths in the Juvenile Justice System Race-Based Decisions: Traffic Citations and Municipal Court Dispositions Mass Shootings in Australia and New Zealand: A Descriptive Study of Incidence From War Zones to Jail: Veteran Reintegration Problems Does Age or Poverty Level Best Predict Criminal Arrest and Homicide Rates? A Preliminary Investigation From the editor By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. and Randall G.…
Children Left Behind
I was browsing the Internet this morning and in the New York Times there was a blog posted by Charles M. Blow called American's Most Vulnerable . He cited a report by Unicef (United Nations Children's Fund) called "Children Left Behind."  The report was about "the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) International Coordinating Centre provided the statistical results for the analysis of inequality in children's health."  It was based upon data collected by the "Organization for…
Dropping Out and Imprisonment
In a previous blog I discussed the relationship between dropping out and crime among juveniles.  In this blog I noted that that compared to high school graduates dropouts "earn lower wages, pay fewer taxes, are more likely to commit crimes, are less likely to be employed, are more likely to be on welfare, and are less healthy."  "" On my web site I expanded on this by exploring what the Children's Defense Fund has called the prison pipeline or the connection between the…
Dropping Out and Crime
It has become a truism that there is a close connection between school failure and juvenile crime, as demonstrated by literally hundreds of studies over the past 100 years.  As if to remind us once again, here comes yet another study, this one by the California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara.  As reported in today's Los Angeles Times , dropping out of school costs the state $1.1 billion each year and if we decreased the number of dropouts by half it would save $550 million per…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 2, Number 2 - Fall 2005
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Vocational, Educational and Psychological Assessments of Deaf Inmates Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: The Benefits and Challenges Associated with Risk Classification Tools Research Brief: Violence Against Girls Provokes Girls' Violence Measuring Organizational Capacity among Agencies Serving the Poor: Implications for Achieving Organizational Effectiveness Globalization, Inner City Crime and the Coming Legitimacy Crisis An Examination…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 4, Number 1 - Spring 2007
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Freedom in an Era of Terror: A Critical Analysis of the USA Patriot Act Effects of Supervision Philosophy on Intensive Probationers Comparative Study of Stoning Punishment in the Religions of Islam and Judaism Civil Asset Forfeiture: Why Law Enforcement Has Changed its Motto from "To Serve and Protect" to "Show Me the Money" An Ex-Con Teaching Criminal Justice: The Etics-Emics Debate and the Role of Subjectivity in Academia From the editor…
Seeking Balance: Reducing Prison Costs in Times of Austerity
Seeking Balance: Reducing Prison Costs in Times of Austerity

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