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The Cost of the State's Division of Juvenile Facilities
The Cost of the State's Division of Juvenile Facilities
Should one County obstruct the juvenile justice reform efforts of the other 57 counties?
On February 10, 2011, CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair and UC Berkeley's Lecturer in Residence, Barry Krisberg were featured on KCRW's Which Way, L.A.? alongside Connie Rice, Co-Director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, to discuss how Governor Brown's proposal to eliminate the DJF will effect Los Angeles County's juvenile justice practices. Ms. Rice described the current L.A. County juvenile justice system as "disastrous." …
KQED Forum and KALW News highlight the debate on DJF elimination
On January 27, 2011, CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair and UC Berkeley's Law School Research and Policy Director Barry Krisberg were featured on KQED's Forum and KALW News, discussing the Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate the DJF by June 2014.  On KQED's Forum, Dr. Krisberg voiced concern about the current ability of the counties to provide appropriate services to serious youthful offenders.  He pointed to L.A. County, which currently houses 370 youths in DJF, and is under…
Realignment: Can California counties adequately serve the DJF population?
There are currently 1,262 youths confined in DJF facilities (Dec. 2010).  Recent plans to close Preston YCF by June 2011 will result in a further reduction of the population.  Moreover, plans to transfer all parole responsibilities to the counties will be in place by January 28, 2011. With those changes already in motion, how big is the next step proposed by Governor Brown: the elimination of DJF by June 2014?  In a recent New York Times article , Executive Director Daniel Macallair discusses…
Governor proposes elimination of DJF
On January 10, 2011 Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for 2011-12 , promoting the elimination of the DJF by June 30, 2014.  Elimination of the DJF and realignment of responsibility for all juvenile offenders to the counties is appropriate and fiscally responsible.  As highlighted in CJCJ's In April 2010, Executive Director Daniel Macallair, authored articles in both the LA Times and the California Progress Report reflecting on the poor quality of DJF care that costs $383…
Brewer, Barbour and Justice
It's another year, but the same kinds of stories continue.  Governors Jan Brewer (Arizona) and Haley Barbour (Mississippi) may be about 2000 miles apart but their conservative philosophies are about the same -- and with similar results.  Facing a budget crisis that plagues every state in the country, Brewer, like most other governors, has proposed huge cuts in human services, most notably in medical transplant coverage .  This issue has received national attention as several residents face…
Daniel Macallair is featured in The Los Angeles Times
Daniel Macallair, MPA, CJCJ's co-founder and Executive Director was featured in the Los Angeles Times.  Read "Getting the state out of juvenile justice " and learn how "shifting responsibility for youth correctional facilities to the counties could cut the budget deficit and move young offenders out of a system that 'is broken almost everywhere you look.'"
A Taxpayers Guide to the California Death Penalty
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A Taxpayers Guide to the California Death Penalty
A Taxpayers Guide to the California Death Penalty
Now the hard part of prison reform...
Last month, CJCJ released a detailed study documenting the feasibility, benefits, and cost savings of closing California's juvenile prison system and transferring its dwindling roster of inmates to county detention facilities. The main obstacle now is to convince counties and traditionalists that the state will provide sufficient funding, which would be a fraction of the annual $250,000 per ward, $400 million total cost of state lockup.  Juveniles are the easy part of deincarceration reform,…
Save the San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Few events better reflect the priorities of elected officials more vividly than a budget crisis.  It is during a budget crisis that policy-makers are forced to choose between the interests of powerful or popular constituencies and the needs of the less powerful and most vulnerable citizens.  Presently, this drama is being played out in San Francisco where social and legal services to the poor are being slashed while Police and Fire Department budgets are being protected.  This Faustian bargain…
Daniel Macallair writes on the question of budget cuts for the SF Public Defender's office
Though many wish to see the public defender's budget cut due to the current economic conditions, Daniel Macallair explains how this would be detrimental to the city in an article published on BeyondChron .
Prison Expansion in a Time of Austerity: An Analysis of the Governor's Proposed New Prison in Delano
Prison Expansion in a Time of Austerity: An Analysis of the Governor's Proposed New Prison in Delano
City Juvenile Justice Policy: Has the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice seen it?
City Juvenile Justice Policy: Has the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice seen it? BeyondChron.org, September 5, 2006
Seeking Balance: Reducing Prison Costs in Times of Austerity
Seeking Balance: Reducing Prison Costs in Times of Austerity
Cutting Correctly: New Prison Policies for Times of Fiscal Crisis
Cutting Correctly: New Prison Policies for Times of Fiscal Crisis
A Preliminary Analysis Of Detention Expansion In Alameda County
A Preliminary Analysis Of Detention Expansion In Alameda County
The Punishing Decade: Prison and Jail Estimates at the Millennium
The Punishing Decade: Prison and Jail Estimates at the Millennium
New York State of Mind?: Higher Education vs. Prison Funding in the Empire State, 1988-1998
New York State of Mind?: Higher Education vs. Prison Funding in the Empire State, 1988-1998
Class Dismissed: Higher Education vs. Corrections During the Wilson Years
Class Dismissed: Higher Education vs. Corrections During the Wilson Years
Is Maryland's System of Higher Education Suffering Because of Prison Expenditures?
Is Maryland's System of Higher Education Suffering Because of Prison Expenditures?
From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: A National Perspective
From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: A National Perspective
Trading Classrooms for Cell Blocks: Destructive Policies Eroding D.C. Communities
Trading Classrooms for Cell Blocks: Destructive Policies Eroding D.C. Communities
From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: How Prison Building Affects Higher Education & African American Enrollment in CA
From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: How Prison Building Affects Higher Education & African American Enrollment in CA
Violence in America: How can we save our children?

A look at societal attitudes towards youth and delinquency.

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