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The violent black youth myth
- Mar 30, 2012
The violent black youth myth Politico, March 27, 2012
Two cheers for new Human Rights Watch report, "Old Behind Bars'
- Mike Males, Feb 28, 2012
- 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…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 8, Number 2 - Fall 2011
- Dec 16, 2011
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Latina Exposure to Violence at School Incarcerated Sex Offenders' Perceptions of Prison Sex Offender Treatment Programs Fear, Views of Human Nature and the Potential Consequences for Capital Juries Creating the Youthful Offender in Connecticut An Examination of Media Accounts of Child Abductions in the United States From the editor By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. and Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D. From the Editors Once again it is time for…
CA policy: Gimmicks versus Facts: the politics of marketing
- Selena Teji, Aug 25, 2011
- In my last blog , I discussed the effectiveness of a 3-week media blitz that overthrew a California Proposition backed by significant financial investment, popular support, and academic research. This week's blog will explore another example of the importance of a good marketing strategy when campaigning for criminal justice initiatives. California Proposition 5 (2008) Prop. 5 , known also as the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (NORA), was a ballot initiative scheduled for the…
Myths vs. Facts -- Clearing up the realignment debate
- Emily Luhrs, Jul 29, 2011
- As counties start preparing for the impact of criminal justice realignment (AB 109), it is important to clarify some common misconceptions about what will actually happen on October 1, 2011. Governor Brown's realignment plan is directly tied to the May 23, 2011 Supreme Court decision to reduce prison-overcrowding, as it focuses on the same population of non-violent, non-serious, non-sexual offenders. Initial reactions to the decision were based in fear and uncertainty. For example, Justice…
The Casey Anthony Case and the Media Frenzy: What About all the Others?
- Randall Shelden, Jul 12, 2011
- I have been around long enough to remember the OJ Simpson trial and many other trials that fall under the category of what Samuel Walker calls "celebrated cases." These are those rare cases that exceed normalcy, largely because of the nature of the offense (one recent example is the kidnapping of 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard by Phillip Garrido who was held prisoner for 18 years) and often because of the celebrity status of those involved. Another thing many of these kinds of cases have in…
CJCJ Exposes Inaccurate Media Reports
- Kate McCracken, Apr 13, 2010
- Recently, CJCJ has cultivated many policy reports and articles surrounding issues within the juvenile justice system. Through these recent publications CJCJ exposes inaccurate media reports through the utilization of data and policy analysis. This month Executive Director Daniel Macallair was featured in both the LA Times and California Progress Report reflecting on California's current budget crisis and the state's inablity to continue to support a youth correctional system that has been…
Are Teenage Criminals Getting Younger and Younger? Exposing another Urban Legend
- Mar 1, 2010
- Are Teenage Criminals Getting Younger and Younger? Exposing another Urban Legend
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 3, Number 2 - Fall 2006
- Aug 22, 2007
- (ISSN 1530-3012)
From the editor
The System-Wide Effects of Capital Punishment on the American Criminal Justice System: The Use of Computer Modeling in Death Penalty Research
Improving Compliance and Producing Positive Outcomes in the Mental Health Court Setting, with a Brief Look at Dynamic Risk Management
Degradation, Apathy, and Acceptable Casualties: Serving Time in a Women's Federal Correctional Institute
Adolescent Risk-Taking as a Justification for Paternalistic Legal…
Off Balance: Youth, Race & Crime in the News
- Apr 1, 2001
The overwhelming evidence is that in the aggregate, crime coverage is not reflecting an accurate picture ofwho the victims and perpetrators are.
The American Gulag: The Correctional Industrial Complex in America
- Jan 1, 2001
An examination of the political and social elements of the prison industrial complex.
California's Three-Strikes Law Ineffective
- Aug 1, 1999
The data reported in the analysis here do not support claims that the three-strikes law reduced crimes rates through deterrence and selective incapacitation.
Striking Out: The Crime Control Impact of "Three-Strikes" Laws
- Mar 1, 1997
Three years after implementation of three strikes in CA; public safety results inconclusive.
Big Time for Petty Crime: The Story of Petty Theft Offenders in California
- Jul 1, 1995
At the cost of approximately $21,000 per year, California is spent $105 million per year to imprison shoplifters. This study examines whether it impacted crime rates.
Concrete And Crowds: 100,000 Prisoners of the State
- May 1, 1991
As California's prison population tops 100,000, we urge policy makers to reflect upon the high costs and negative results of our reliance upon jails.
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