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Today on Your Call: Do youth curfews make a city safer?

KALW radio's Your Call discusses the ineffectiveness of curfews with Mike Males, in light of the recent curfew proposal in Oakland, CA.

SB 649’s “Wobbler” Option Creates Flexibility for Certain Drug Offenders

SB 649, authored by State Senator Mark Leno, pursues a similar approach to Realignment by recognizing that people convicted of simple drug possession, as well as the overall community, will not benefit from austere penalties. Rather, these individuals would benefit greatly from sentences that expand access to rehabilitation, which can be better provided through this bill.

Up Front

Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, discusses Realignment's impact on county-by-county disparities.

SFSU hosts panel on Promoting Public Policy Reform, Feb. 21, 2013

On February 21, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm San Francisco State University is hosting a panel discussion entitled, Promoting Public Policy Reform from Inside and Outside Government, at SF State’s Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Room 609, SF, CA 94103.

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…
NEW: juvenile justice interactive map
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2012 CJCJ's California Sentencing Institute releases the  juvenile justice interactive map , includes county-by-county data visualizations San Francisco, CA :  Today CJCJ launched its new juvenile justice interface for the California Sentencing Institute (CASI) . The new juvenile justice map features interactive filters, county comparisons, geographic visualizations, and fully downloadable datasets.  Please explore the new juvenile justice map at…
CCP committees draw fire over composition, accountability issues
Implementation problems highlighted in a recent Sacramento Bee editorial stand to undermine California's criminal justice realignment efforts.  Most notably, the composition of county-level Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) committees has been called into question. Voting members of these committees are as follows: chiefs of probation and police, the public defender, the presiding judge of the Superior Court, the sheriff, and one social services worker or drug/alcohol abuse…
SFPD Recorded Nearly All Asian Arrestees as 'Chinese'
SFPD Recorded Nearly All Asian Arrestees as 'Chinese' KQED News, September 26, 2012
Counties using pretrial services to reduce jail overcrowding safely
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2012 San Francisco, CA : While 32 out of 58 counties in California are planning to add new jail beds to fulfill new AB 109 realignment responsibilities, a new report identifies counties that have developed cost-effective ways to alleviate and maximize on their existing jail space without compromising public safety. These models and practices could be modified and replicated in other jurisdictions that are currently struggling with overcrowded jails. Best…
Contra Costa community leaders halt new jail construction
Last week, religious leaders and community members from Contra Costa County convinced county Sheriff David Livingston to withdraw his proposal for constructing a new 150-bed jail.   Working in partnership with the local PICO California affiliate, CCISCO , these grassroots leaders were able to convince law enforcement stakeholders that the $6 million required for a new jail would be better spent on alternatives.  A community advisory board recommended redirecting realignment funding into…
San Francisco's changing crime trends
San Francisco's changing crime trends
Those closest to the problem should be at the forefront of the solution
In an era of Realignment, who should be involved in determining the local jurisdictions' implementation plans?  Currently, this responsibility is maintained with the Community Corrections Partnerships (CCP) in each of California's 58 counties.  The CCP is lead by the Chief Probation Officer and includes but is not limited to the District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff and Chief of Police.  There is one seat designated for a representative of a community-based organization serving formerly…
San Francisco leading the way to sentencing reform
In the face of historic opposition to a statewide sentencing commission, San Francisco County established a local sentencing commission January 2012 to address the county's sentencing policies and practices. Twenty-two states across the U.S. have established sentencing commissions to assist in the development and administration of a fair justice system.  Policy makers require strong data-analysis to inform the previous and future decisions centered on sentencing policies and practices.  Data…
Editorial: Lock crooks up? County cannot afford the cost
Editorial: Lock crooks up? County cannot afford the cost Record Searchlight, August 22, 2012
Were Counties Prepared for Flood of Inmates Under Realignment?
Were Counties Prepared for Flood of Inmates Under Realignment? California Report, August 20, 2012
Report: Solano County embracing Public Safety Realignment Act
Report: Solano County embracing Public Safety Realignment Act Vallejo Times-Herald, August 19, 2012
Federal officials with anti-violence forum see big changes in Salinas
Federal officials with anti-violence forum see big changes in Salinas Monterey County Herald, August 15, 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…
CASI featured on Valley Public Radio, Mike Males explains trends
CJCJ's California Sentencing Institute (CASI), released on July 30, featured on Valley Edition on August 7, 2012.  CASI shows that on average, Valley counties utilize state and local incarceration more than the rest of the state.  As AB 109 criminal justice realignment progresses, these counties are now faced with tough decisions about how to best serve low level offenders locally.   With interviews from CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike Males, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff…
Cross-sector collaborations demonstrate impressive results
Counties across the state are facing unprecedented new challenges in their adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.  Pressures are increasing on local systems due to adult corrections realignment under Assembly Bill 109 and unprecedented drops in federal funding for rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.   California counties are responding to these challenges with a wide variety of responses.  While county responses vary, one factor remains constant throughout the state: The…
Study Highlights High Incarceration Rate in Valley Counties
Study Highlights High Incarceration Rate in Valley Counties Valley Public Radio, August 7, 2012
Butte County felony imprisonments second in state per capita
Butte County felony imprisonments second in state per capita Chico Enterprise-Record, August 6, 2012
To Avoid Prison, Move to One of These Counties
To Avoid Prison, Move to One of These Counties KQED, July 30, 2012
California Sentencing Institute (CASI) launches new improved interface
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2012 San Francisco, CA:   Today CJCJ is launching its new and improved interface for the California Sentencing Institute (CASI) .  The new map features interactive filters, county comparisons, geographic visualizations, and fully downloadable datasets.  Please explore CASI at http://casi.cjcj.org/ . In 2009, CJCJ launched the California Sentencing Institute (CASI) as the foundation for data and research driven commentary on the broader public safety…
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline California Progress Report, June 25, 2012

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