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Appointment of permanent OJJDP director signals a positive step

The White House recently announced the appointment of Robert Listenbee Jr. as permanent director to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).   OJJDP has not had a permanent director since 2009, with appointments regularly held up by political maneuvering in the U.S. Senate. 

National leadership, national models for juvenile justice reform
Last Thursday, Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cárdenas traveled to San Francisco to meet leading juvenile justice policy experts from Northern California at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus .  Councilman Cárdenas is running unopposed this November in a new Congressional district in Los Angeles and will be sworn into office in January 2013 as one of California's newest members of Congress. Mr. Cárdenas was very explicit with the policy advocates that his number one issue…
Juvenile justice policy roundtable in San Francisco
Today CJCJ hosted a group of policy advocates, foundations, and LA City Councilman Tony Cárdenas for a roundtable discussion on state and federal juvenile justice reforms.  Councilman Cárdenas has a strong record in juvenile justice policy with his passage of the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (Schiff-Cardenas Act) as a State Assemblyman in 2000 and his work on lifting the gang injunction in Los Angeles. The discussion focused on the intersection between efforts in Washington D.C. to…
CJCJ presents at SF-HRC hearing on Drug War, Apr. 12th
On Thursday April 12, 2012, in City Hall room 416, at 5:30 pm , the San Francisco Human Rights Commission is holding a public hearing on The Human Rights Impact of the War on Drugs .  CJCJ's Selena Teji will be providing testimony on "Racial Disparities in Drug Law Enforcement in San Francisco" alongside Professor William Armaline from San José State University.  The hearing will also be televised on . This hearing is designed to solicit feedback from people who have…
San Francisco's Arrest Rates of African Americans for Drug Felonies Worsens
San Francisco's Arrest Rates of African Americans for Drug Felonies Worsens
Selena Teji presents at SJSU War on Drugs panel Mar. 21, 2012
San Jose State University (SJSU)'s Justice Studies Department is kicking off their new Human Rights minor with a series of Human Rights panel discussions.  The first is Wednesday, March 21st , 2012 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Student Union, Barrett Ballroom.  Entitled Hip Hop, Social Justice and the War on Drugs , this event will be an eclectic mixture of music, culture, and policy featuring the following panelists: ~ Selena Teji, J.D., Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) ~…
America's Longest Ongoing War: The 'Race' War on Drugs
America's Longest Ongoing War: The 'Race' War on Drugs The American Muslim, January 9, 2012
America's war on drugs [video blog]
~ CJCJ Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males
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
CJCJ supports The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011
The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1231) was introduced in June by Senator Patrick Leahy (D- VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Robert Portman (R-OH), and is now on its way to the U.S. Senate for a vote.   The Second Chance Act originally passed unanimously in 2008 and funded re-entry programs nation-wide in the areas of substance abuse treatment, employment and mentoring services, and family reunification programs.  It has since improved ex-offender…
Associate Director Abu Qadir Al-Amin attends Connecting Communities for the Common Good
Faith and community leaders from across Colorado have been invited to join with the  White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Governor John Hickenlooper, other government officials and diverse nonprofit peers, for a series of innovative workshops, networking opportunities, and conversations with President Obama's Faith-based Offices across the federal government on July 27, 2011. CJCJ's own Abu Qadir Al-Amin will be attending this select meeting, demonstrating…
Will federal funding give reentry another chance?
On Monday, June 20, 2011 Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced legislation to extend aspects of the Second Chance Act first passed in 2007.  The Second Chance Act Reauthorization Bill is scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee consideration on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The Reauthorization Bill will improve public safety and improve outcomes for individuals returning to communities from prisons and jails.  It is imperative during our economic crisis that…
The Gun Culture

"Police said the gunman was a 22-year-old college dropout who was armed with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and extended clips that allowed him to fire dozens of bullets without reloading." Arizona Republic, January 11, 2011. I don't know if there is anything I can add to what has already been written in the news media and stated on newscasts and talk radio almost non-stop since the horrific events on January 8.  Here I merely want to comment on guns. There is something fundamentally sick about…

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Second Chance Act
In September 2009, San Francisco was one of only five jurisdictions from around the nation selected as a Second Chance Act National Demonstration Project site by the United States Department of Justice, to develop and implement the Juvenile Collaborative Reentry Team (JCRT).  JCRT is a collaboration between the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, the San Francisco Superior Court, and the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, that will…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 6, Number 2 - Fall 2009
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The Limits of Preventive Detention: Habeas Corpus, Boumediene v. Bush (2008) and Comparative Preemption Policy Public but Opaque: The Problems of Tracking Homicide Charging in a California County Exit Exams, the Prison Pipeline and Getting Tough Anyway A Review of Conceptual Contributions to Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Arenas A Century of Losing Battles: The Costly and Ill-Advised War on Drugs in the United States From the editor…
Daniel Macallair: Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System
Read Executive Director Daniel Macallairs piece in BeyondChron on Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System
Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System

Federal Courts to the Rescue: Fixing California's Broken Prison System BeyondChron, August 20, 2009

Merry Christmas to Bailout Recipients, Bah humbug to the rest of us
I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of reading about the "bailout."  A day does not go by without being reminded how much those already loaded with cash and goodies receive yet another Christmas present from we the taxpayers.  I guess the proverbial "last straw" for me was the report by the Associated Press that asked 21 banks that had received at least $1 billion from the government four simple questions: "How much has been spent? What was it spent on? How much is being held in…
Avoid Easy "Blame the Media" Path on Crime
Two starkly diverging pathways for President-elect Barack Obama's crucial, so far unknown, public stance toward crime issues are emerging. This brief discusses the Easy Path:  Blaming youth, gangs, popular culture, and "the media" that former President Clinton largely embraced. News reports are abuzz with a barrage of "shocking new studies" declaring popular-media influences such as television, movies, rap music, and internet sites are pivotal causes of violence by youth. Unfortunately,…
Obama's crime policy - no "change" yet
"Think anew," exhorted Barack Obama. "The old ways simply can't meet the challenges of today and tomorrow." That's been a campaign theme of the president-elect's repeated, welcome calls for innovation on foreign policy, budget reform, and energy and an end to Washington's stifling "groupthink." But does Obama propose to extend this refreshing imperative to evolve new thinking America's century of disastrously failed policies on crime, violence, drug abuse, and related social ills? After all,…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 3, Number 2 - Fall 2006
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The System-Wide Effects of Capital Punishment on the American Criminal Justice System: The Use of Computer Modeling in Death Penalty Research Improving Compliance and Producing Positive Outcomes in the Mental Health Court Setting, with a Brief Look at Dynamic Risk Management Degradation, Apathy, and Acceptable Casualties: Serving Time in a Women's Federal Correctional Institute Adolescent Risk-Taking as a Justification for Paternalistic Legal…
Epidemic or Easy Target?
Epidemic or Easy Target? The Roanoke Times, November 19, 2006
A Kiddie Epidemic? Hardly.
A Kiddie Epidemic? Hardly. Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2006
Racial Disparities and the Drug War
Racial Disparities and the Drug War
Nevada Pot Policy a Bust
Nevada Pot Policy a Bust

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