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CJCJ Statement on the Governor’s Budget May Revision for FY 2014-15

CJCJ's response to Governor Jerry Brown's FY 2014-15 Budget May Revision.

Building a New Juvenile Justice System

The Board of State and Community Corrections is responsible for allocating $80 million dollars in juvenile facility construction funding. It is time to use this fiscal allocation differently and change the shape of California's juvenile justice system.

CJCJ Statement on Governor Brown’s FY 14-15 Budget Proposal

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed FY 2014-15 Budget for California. CJCJ applauds the Governor’s willingness to adopt some of the systemic changes necessary for not only meeting the court-ordered prison population cap, but also improving public safety outcomes for all Californians. Yet, we are concerned by a failure to support long-term systemic reforms for improving our criminal justice system and the near absence of juvenile justice policy in his budget. 

OP-ED: A New Approach Needed for Byrne-JAG Funding in California

CJCJ's Policy Analyst, Brian Goldstein, discusses Byrne-JAG funding in California.

A Closer Look at the Aging Prison Population

The number of aging state and federal inmates is rising.  Between 1981 and 2010, the number of inmates age 55 and older increased from 8,853 to 124,900.

Merging BSCC leadership roles limits opportunities for reform

On May 15, 2013, Governor Brown submitted a budget trailer bill that makes concerning changes to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).

Youth rehabilitation bill clears Assembly Public Safety Committee

California’s counties are one step closer to having more resources to treat and rehabilitate youth who have committed serious or violent offenses.

Up Front

Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, discusses Realignment's impact on county-by-county disparities.

Building a local foundation for state juvenile justice success

California counties have increasingly served as incubators for model policy innovation.  State policymakers must nurture this bottom-up reform to ensure a balanced approach that benefits our justice-involved youth and promotes public safety.

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…
National leaders in youth justice reform
The nation has come along way in juvenile justice reform.  John Jay College in New York recently released a new report that details the various juvenile justice reform efforts undertaken by states in the last 30 years.  Three major strategies for reform are identified and evaluated in terms of the long-term effectiveness of each.   The three main strategies they identify are resolution , meaning limiting judicial options for out-of-home placements by closing facilities; reinvestment whereby…
Legislature, Governor Brown advance historic juvenile justice reforms
Just days after the deadline, the Governor signed the $92 billion 2012-13 California budget into law on June 27th. The budget includes some of the most significant reforms in state juvenile justice policy since the passage of Senate Bill 81 in 2007.  In his May 14th revised budget proposal, Governor Brown had retracted his plan to close the state's youth correctional facilities, Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF), under intense and well-coordinated law enforcement and county pressure.  …
Are California Counties Spending Prisoner Realignment Money Wisely?
Are California Counties Spending Prisoner Realignment Money Wisely? CBS SF, June 14, 2012
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…
The winnowing of California's Judiciary
California is home to the largest court system in the county.  On any given day these courts oversee proceedings that range from very high profile criminal prosecutions to the most mundane of civil litigation.  In short, California's judiciary provides a safeguard for the equitable exercise of political, economic, and civil activity across the state.  Yet these same courts are under significant fiscal pressure as a result of ongoing state budget deficits.  In the midst of California Governor…
Take Action: divest from youth corrections, invest in communities
There is currently pressure on the California legislature from law enforcement agencies to reduce or eliminate the Governor's proposed $24,000 per youth fee structure for the Division of Juvenile Facilities. The state is already spending 20-25 times the per capita investment on youth offenders as it is on students in our UC, Cal State, K-12, and community college systems.   With an 80% recidivism rate, the Division of Juvenile Facilities should receive a failing grade yet legislators are being…
Trimming the Juvenile Justice Fat
Trimming the Juvenile Justice Fat Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, May 29, 2012
Trimming the Juvenile Justice Fat
Trimming the Juvenile Justice Fat California Progress Report, May 30, 2012
Who is deciding California's budget priorities?
This week, both the Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees on pubic safety held hearings on Governor Brown's revised proposal for the state's youth correctional facilities, Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF).  Under heavy pressure from law enforcement associations, the Governor backed down from his January proposal to close the front door of the DJF and allow the youth offender population to decrease through attrition.  In its place, the Governor has proposed a new annual $24,000 per ward…
The Not-So-Shared Sacrifice of Californians

The Not-So-Shared Sacrifice of Californians California Progress Report, May 24, 2012

CJCJ response to Governor Brown's May budget revise
On May 14, 2012 Governor Brown released the May revision to the budget for fiscal year 2012/13.  The revision retracted both his original proposal for full juvenile justice realignment and the budget triggers that were implemented last year.  The revised budget includes important juvenile justice reform measures.  The proposal institutes a $24,000 annual per youth fee for utilizing state facilities; representing 13% of the total cost.  As overuse of state facilities by some counties has created…
A Juvenile Justice Reprieve: California's 2012 Mid-Year Budget
A Juvenile Justice Reprieve: California's 2012 Mid-Year Budget
Pew Study: strong majority of voters favor alternatives to incarceration
A new Pew research poll released last week shows that voters across the U.S. are overwhelmingly in favor of reducing prison spending and support shifting resources to community supervision rather than incarceration, specifically for low-level offenders.  The national poll also shows that voters prioritize reductions in recidivism as the primary "end goal" of corrections, even if it means offenders spend less time behind bars and more time in rehabilitative programming.   Public…
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…

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