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Wasting Juvenile Justice Tax Dollars

Wasting Juvenile Justice Tax Dollars California Progress Report, February 9, 2012

Momentum growing for juvenile realignment
Consensus is growing in the Capitol that California's youth correctional facilities need to be closed, with funding and supervision responsibilities realigned to the counties. Building on Past Policy Recommendations: In 2008 the Little Hoover Commission recommended that the state's Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) close its doors and for California to move towards a county-based juvenile system. In early 2011, the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) concluded , "Less than 1…
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
Gov. Jerry Brown plans $1 billion in prison cuts
Gov. Jerry Brown plans $1 billion in prison cuts San Francisco Chronicle, January 15, 2012
State spends 8 times more than counties to jail juvenile offenders
State spends 8 times more than counties to jail juvenile offenders Manteca Bulletin, January 13, 2012
Why taxpayers should care about juvenile justice
Last week Governor Brown proposed, for the second time, the closure of California's state youth correctional facilities, the Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF).  In fact, this week CJCJ released a report  including five policy recommendations for full juvenile justice realignment.  CJCJ has been advocating for a 21st century approach to juvenile justice for years.  CJCJ is not alone is this recommendation, the Legislative Analyst's Office, Little Hoover Commission, and the Ella Baker Center…
Counties' responses to the budget triggers
While it costs approximately $193,111 per ward annually to house youth in California's state youth correctional system (Division of Juvenile Facilities: DJF), under the budget triggers (implemented Jan 1, 2012) counties would pick up approx. 65% of that tab ($125,000 per youth), while the rest continues to be paid for by California taxpayers. Counties like Monterey, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Kings have voiced concerns that they would not be able to pay for the 20+ youth they each have in DJF…
Behind Governor's Plan to Close State's Juvenile Justice System
Behind Governor's Plan to Close State's Juvenile Justice System Bay Citizen, January 10, 2012
California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties California Progress Report, January 10, 2012

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties Reclaiming Futures, January 9, 2012

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties

California's Governor Sends Wake-Up Call to the State's Counties Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, January 9, 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
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 Oakland Tribune, January 6, 2012
Money Refused Could Become Money Owed
Money Refused Could Become Money Owed The New York Times, December 31, 2011
Cuts could trigger bigger juvenile justice bills
Cuts could trigger bigger juvenile justice bills Bay Citizen, December 31, 2011
Counties dilemma: how to use funds for inmates
Counties dilemma: how to use funds for inmates San Francisco Chronicle, December 5, 2011
Second Chance Act funding threatened
Of the $2.3 billion currently allocated in the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, $0 is included in the Senate's version for Second Chance Act funding.  Although full funding would require $165 million, there is an opportunity to restore, at least a portion of this crucial funding for fiscal year 2012.  President Obama has requested $100 million and the House of Representatives request includes $70 million; however, agreement from both the House and the Senate appropriations…
San Francisco's Self-Reliant Incarceration Policies
San Francisco's Self-Reliant Incarceration Policies
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
Corporate Tax Cheaters, Part II
My last blog concerned the subject of how corporations and the super-rich are constantly finding enough loopholes to avoid paying taxes.  As I noted, I was barely scratching the surface for there is a lot more to the subject.  Now it is time to dig a little deeper. In a recent commentary Chris Hedges wrote that: "A fourth of the country's largest corporations--including General Electric, ExxonMobil and Bank of America--paid no federal income taxes in 2010. But at the same time these…
Corporate Tax Cheaters, Part I
April 15 has come and gone and like most Americans I struggled to fill out all the elaborate forms and all the confusing formulas the IRS has for figuring out how much to deduct or how much to pay (e.g., multiply this figure by .02 or that figure by .065 or whatever).  After all of that I ended up writing a check to the IRS. Which raised some obvious questions, such as: Where does this money eventually end up and why do so many corporations and the super-rich pay little or no taxes at all? A…
Juvenile Justice Realignment is now more important than ever.
Having garnered the support for his realignment bill AB 109 to pass, the Governor is now faced with another obstacle: the Vehicle Licensing Fees (VLF) and sales tax extension will not be on the ballot in June. Republicans have blocked the ballot initiative and without the extension many have assumed that the Governor's plans for realignment (which rely on those funds) are indefinitely halted, but why? Without the tax extensions, counties will be pushed to the limit. Approximately $500…
Counties begin to speak out in support of juvenile justice realignment
County officials and local communities are beginning to voice support for the Governor's juvenile justice realignment proposal. San Francisco County Board of Supervisors signed a resolution in March to support the closure of the State youth correctional institutions and reaffirming their commitment to model juvenile justice practices at the county level.  Read the resolution to learn more. The Bakersfield Californian published an editorial at the end of April condemning Kern County's…
Do counties have the capacity to absorb the DJF population?
As of March 31, 2011, there are 1,232 youths housed in DJF, yet according to the Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) in 2009 there were over 4,000 available beds at the county-level. Why then are counties resisting the Governor's proposal to eliminate DJF?    In February 2011, CJCJ launched a publication series investigating some of the concerns about the Governor's proposed juvenile justice realignment (See Part One ).  Part Two of the series was an update of two previous reports (see here…

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