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Justice Policy Journal - Volume 17, Number 2 – Fall 2020

Articles on attitudes towards Ban the Box; the multidimensional struggle of family separation on male migrant workers; the foster-care-to-prison pipeline; extending the school-to-prison pipeline; NIMBY syndrome among Colorado and Washington dispensary owners and managers; the effects of the death penalty on state-level murder rates.

Scapegoating the Poor

The story of a single working mother who faces a decade in prison for allowing her daughter to play in a park unsupervised demonstrates our foolish reliance on incarceration and punishment as a way to poverty. 

AB 12: more placement options for juvenile courts
Gov. Brown's proposal to phase-out DJF entirely starting with no new commitments as of January 1, 2013, has many California counties worried about what to do with their most high risk youth, especially the few counties whose juvenile facilities are nearing capacity.  The perceived lack of alternatives has many counties' prosecutors thinking their only option will be to directly transfer this population to adult court.  However, there are in fact many local options for handling youth that would…
Is California Failing its Youth?
The recent report titled "Proposition 63: Is the Mental Health Act Reaching California's Transitional Age Foster Youth? " from Children's Advocacy Institute estimates that about 4,000 California youth age out of the foster care system annually. Proposition 63 provides services to Transition Age Youth (TAY) and Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY).  The report indicates that California is failing to provide services to these youth, with most counties receiving a grade "F". Once a youth enters the…

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