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Justice Policy Journal - Volume 13, Number 1 - Spring 2016

Articles on government distortion of sex-crime stats, veterans serving time, the origins of sex offender legislation, the Jerry Sandusky trial, the relationship between firearm ownership and violent crime, and how training affects law enforcement's use of force.

CJCJ in the news: Native Americans; A Forgotten Minority in US Presidential Campaign

Voice of America highlights Mike Males's finding that Native Americans are disparately likely to be killed by law enforcement. 

California to Decide on $500 Million Jail Construction

On December 4-5, 2013, representatives from 36 counties came to Sacramento and made their case to receive jail construction funding available through Assembly Bill (AB) 1022With this legislation, California will allocate $500 million in revenue lease bonds for counties to construct adult criminal justice facilities. 

Pre-booking Diversion To Help Address Health Needs

How do you divert justice-involved individuals into specialized programs that address the root causes of their criminal activity?

Racial disparities in arrest practices merit closer attention

Nationally, African Americans are 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate, according to a new report. 

Boston Bombings

It has now been more than a week since the dramatic event that came at the end of the annual Boston Marathon. What concerns me the most is the media coverage and what many would call an overreaction by law enforcement.

Radio Smart Talk: School Safety

What Sandy Hook [-] did was shine a spotlight on school safety. 

Merced sheriff unveils vision for AB 109 locally with new Trident Center

Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin on Thursday unveiled a new one-stop shop to provide various services to county jail inmates released under the guidelines established by Assembly Bill 109, the state's prison realignment law.

Police hiring boom hits Bay Area departments

After years of cutbacks, layoffs -- and now climbing crime rates -- police departments throughout the Bay Area have begun taking on new recruits again.

Overall crime down in Merced County's unincorporated areas

Overall crime in the county's unincorporated areas went down more than 5 percent in 2012, according to data released by the Merced County Sheriff's Department this month.

SFPD and Police Commission tackle racially disparate arrest trends

On January 23, 2013, the San Francisco Police Commission held a public hearing to discuss the city’s arrest data. The result was a refreshing openness to examining the city’s arrest trends for racial disparities and a willingness to work with independent researchers in the community.

A look at Bill Bratton's crime rate track record

With the City of Oakland now bringing in a big name lawman to help fight crime -- we have a look at his track record.

Merced Police Department takes steps to deal with spike in crime

Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin acknowledges more inmates are released early in the wake of AB-109, but he points to a new report from the center on juvenile and criminal justice. It says FBI statistics show realigning offenders is not connected with increases in crime.

Police Commission Hearing, Jan. 23, 2013

CJCJ's testimony to the San Francisco Police Commission regarding the city's 40-year history of increasingly racially disparate arrest practices.

Federal takeover of Oakland police offers opportunities in new year
By Mike Males & Anthony Bernier Oakland, California's, troubled police department is the first ever to be taken over completely by a federal judge and his appointed director. Oakland's newest police chief, Howard Jordan, the fifth in a recent succession, has proven unable to reform a department plagued by systematic police brutality and racial profiling and, despite exorbitant budgets, chronic understaffing, abysmal crime-solving rates, and a severely backlogged laboratory. U.S. District…
Prison 'Realignment' Program Stalling Out?
Prison 'Realignment' Program Stalling Out? The California Report, December 14, 2012
Monterey County youth arrests down, but incarceration up
Monterey County youth arrests down, but incarceration up Monterey Herald, November 15, 2012
Council Turns Against Curfews
Council Turns Against Curfews Jackson Free Press, October 11, 2012
Report: Monitor's findings shed poor light on Oakland's police department
Report: Monitor's findings shed poor light on Oakland's police department Oakland Tribune, October 3, 2012
SFPD Recorded Nearly All Asian Arrestees as 'Chinese'
SFPD Recorded Nearly All Asian Arrestees as 'Chinese' KQED News, September 26, 2012
San Francisco data collection needs upgrade
An article in the Bay Citizen today sheds much needed light on the importance and lack of accurate data collection in San Francisco.  In particular, the article notes the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) underreports the arrests of Latino and Asian residents (the city's two largest minority groups) by misclassifying them at "white" or "other."  These inaccuracies have significant repercussions that effect not only law enforcement, but policymakers, and local residents.  For example in…
Undue Influence: the power of Police and Prison Guards' Unions
Undue Influence: the power of Police and Prison Guards' Unions National Radio Project, August 7, 2012
Oakland police chief pushing for youth curfew
Oakland police chief pushing for youth curfew ABC7 News, August 3, 2012
Lilburn latest city to add curfew for juveniles
Lilburn latest city to add curfew for juveniles Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 22, 2012
Bringing stop-and-frisk to SF?
Bringing stop-and-frisk to SF?, July 11, 2012

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