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Lead exposure and poverty: Have we gotten "youth violence" all wrong?
CJCJ authors have published several provocative studies documenting that teenagers and young adults are no more prone to risk-taking and crime than older adults once the fact 15-24 year-olds are 2-3 times more likely to suffer the economic and environmental harms associated with poverty than middle-agers is taken into account. We find terms like "adolescent risk taking" and "youth violence" are misnomers; rather, there are generally elevated risks that accompany worsening socioeconomic…
Human Rights Day: A cause for reflection
December 10th marks the annual celebration of Human Rights Day , a special anniversary in the global fight for human rights.  On that day, in 1948, the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) .  The document was born out of the unprecedented violence and dislocation from World War II.  It codified values of human equality, political freedom, and socio-economic dignity.  As such, the UDHR preamble begins: "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the…
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
San Francisco's war on drugs, "Stop chasing my children"
The Human Rights Commission hearing on the Human Rights Impact of the War on Drugs last week provided a broad spectrum of perspectives and information on how San Franciscans are affected by drug law enforcement. The hearing commenced with testimony from Alice Huffman, President of the California NAACP, who underlined the racially targeted history of the drug war, beginning in 1914 and including the 1920's failed prohibition of alcohol.   Following, Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director of Legal…
The Human Rights Impact of the War on Drugs
The Human Rights Impact of the War on Drugs sfgovtv.com, April 12, 2012
San Francisco considers human rights impact of drug war
This Thursday, April 12th, 2012 , residents of San Francisco will have an opportunity to discuss the impact of the war on drugs in the city and make recommendations as to what should be done to address it.  The San Francisco Human Rights Commission is holding a public hearing on The Human Rights Impact of the War on Drugs in City Hall room 416, at 5:30 pm to discuss the impact of drug policy on the city's individuals and families.  Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend…
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 http://www.sfgovtv.org/ . 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
SJSU justice studies department celebrates new human rights minor at inaugural event
SJSU justice studies department celebrates new human rights minor at inaugural event Spartan Daily, March 21, 2012
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) ~…
Why the prison population is getting older
Why the prison population is getting older KALW News, February 28, 2012
Two cheers for new Human Rights Watch report, "Old Behind Bars'
At John Jay University's recent criminal justice conference, I was given a report issued last month by Human Rights Watch on a topic of great interest, "Old Behind Bars ." My enthusiasm for HRW's documented concerns about the rapid aging of America's prison population diminished considerably as its authors indulged increasingly nasty comments about young people that detracted from its larger message. HRW's report is well worth obtaining for its outstanding array of statistics detailing the…
The Pacifica Evening News
The Pacifica Evening News KPFA Radio, August 22, 2011
Racial Disparities and the Drug War
Racial Disparities and the Drug War

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