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"No state has embraced both illegal drugs and the official wars thereon like California," writes Mike Males. After a roller coaster half-century, the state may finally be on its way to good drug policy.
Huge reductions in youth incarceration, huge increases in populations of youth of color — and huge reductions in youth crime. Who knew?
The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice partnered to bring the holiday spirit into the San Francisco County Jails.
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.
Anti-violence activists, who often demand harsher penalties for offenders, tend to work in opposition to those fighting overuse of incarceration, who call for the opposite. This antagonism leaves women of color on the sidelines, as they are disproportionately impacted by both gender-based violence and the criminal justice system.
Forty-three years ago, Charles Manson and his “Family” of disciples brutally murdered nine innocent people in Los Angeles. The killings are among the most notorious in the nation’s history, and continue to haunt the public imagination. By March 3, Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether to release one of the Family members, Bruce Davis, from prison.
An examination of the political and social elements of the prison industrial complex.
Follow up on the 1990 study shows that the general plight of people of color, particualrly young black males, has deteriorated.
A follow up on a 1992 study of San Francisco's racially disparate incarceration trends finds a city steeped in rhetoric rather than reason.
As incarceration rates in California continued to increase during the 1990's this report debunks the perceived public safety benefit, through an international comparison.
Examination of corrections in CA concludes, "we starve programs which could have an impact on crime in order to pour money into a bloated imprisonment program which cannot work."
This report compares the incarceration rates of African American males in San Francisco to those of African American males in the United States overall and black males in South Africa.
An examination of juvenile justice in the United States reveals a failed correctional model and the hope of reform.
The 1977 Determinate Sentencing Law was passed in an effort to achieve fairness and parity in sentencing in California. Thirteen years later, we have a system loaded down with African American men in the prime of their lives.
Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.
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