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Media coverage focuses on sentencing disparities
Media outlets across the state are posing hard questions about county sentencing practices.  CJCJ's recently launched the California Sentencing Institute , an interactive map that highlights the disparities in sentencing across California's 58 counties.  The map allows researchers, legislators, and the general public to examine the cost to taxpayers for each county's incarceration rate, as well as correlations to ethnicity and county poverty levels. A recent KQED News investigation using the…
CJCJ's Mike Males participates in CUNY conference, Apr. 23-24
Entitled "Kids Behind Bars: Where's the Justice in America's Juvenile Justice System? Covering the Juvenile Justice Reform Debate in 2012," the symposium will take place on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24, 2012 , at John Jay College (CUNY), in New York City.   The event, which is supported by the Tow Foundation, will bring 25 of America's leading juvenile justice journalists and editors together with juvenile justice practitioners, scholars, legal authorities, public officials,…
Commentary: Americans Are Tired of Innocent Black Men Being Targeted by Bigots
Commentary: Americans Are Tired of Innocent Black Men Being Targeted by Bigots BET National News, March 30, 2012
The Myth of the Young, Black Male: A More Subtle Racism
The Myth of the Young, Black Male: A More Subtle Racism Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, March 30, 2012
The violent black youth myth

The violent black youth myth Politico, March 27, 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…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 8, Number 2 - Fall 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
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
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?
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
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
Are Teenage Criminals Getting Younger and Younger? Exposing another Urban Legend
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 3, Number 2 - Fall 2006
(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

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

An examination of the political and social elements of the prison industrial complex.

California's Three-Strikes Law Ineffective

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

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

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

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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