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Some Teens Are Depressed for a Reason. Many Are Victims of Domestic Abuse.

How did the CDC, authorities, and nearly all media reports miss this bombshell finding?

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 18, Number 1 – Spring 2021

Articles on addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); the importance of collaboration between police and mental health professionals; and assessing risk factors in justice-involved youth. 

Returning to Reentry

Collaborative courts connect clients with needed services and emphasize rehabilitation over punishment.

58 city and county departments apply for Prop 47 funding

See of a full list of public agencies that submitted applications for Prop 47 funding and read the full proposals. 

In Mental Health Care, Are We Treating the Symptom But Not the Cause?

New America Media quotes CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani on the ineffectiveness of mental health treatment for youth in detention for whom detention is often re-traumatizing. 

Reports Cites Mental Health Treatment Gaps at California’s DJJ Facilities

The Chronicle of Social Change highlights a new CJCJ study on conditions at California's state youth correctional facilties. 

KQED: Violence and Gang Activity Still Plague California's Juvenile Corrections Facilities

CJCJ's Erica Webster describes conditions at California's state youth correctional facilities on KQED's The California Report.

Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California's Division of Juvenile Justice

CJCJ's new report finds, in California's state youth corrections system, violence has increased, gang culture is pervasive, and mental health treatment is at times nonexistent.

CJCJ in the news: Study Finds People With Mental Illness 16 Times More Likely To Be Killed By Police

Blue Nation Review links a CJCJ article showing high police murder rates of Native Americans to high rates of mental suffering among Native Americans. 

CJCJ in the news: Treating Broken Hearts With Poor Mental Health Services

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed by CJCJ's Lauren Barretto on the lack of adequate screening for, and evaluation of, mental health needs in the juvenile justice system.

Brown’s revised budget discriminates against the mentally ill

Brown's budget revives a killed bill that requires state parole, rather than community supervision, for certain people who have suffered from mental illness.

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 9, Number 2 - Fall 2012

(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The Criminal History of So-Called "Hard Core" Drinking Drivers Reintegrative Community Service Teams: Developing Key Practice Dimensions of the Civic Engagement Model of Offender Reentry Do Societal Reactions Lead to Increased Experiences of Shame and Strain for Registered Female Sex Offenders? From the editor By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. and Randall G. Sheldon, M.A., Ph.D. From the Editors Once again it is time for another issue of Justice…

Lead and criminality: Is the EPA America's top crime-buster?
Why has crime, especially younger-age crime, plunged so dramatically in virtually every jurisdiction over the last 20 years regardless of its anti-crime policy or non-policy? We looked at standard explanations for the startling fact that today's California and national youth and young adults represent the least criminal and violent generation ever reliably assessed. None suffice. Most social and institutional conditions thought to generate more crime have not improved. Youth poverty rates…
Federal health care reform and incarcerated populations
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the health reform law passed by the Obama administration and Congress in 2010, will have vast implications for the provision of health services to incarcerated individuals, including expanded access to mental health and substance abuse treatment.  An underappreciated impact of California's AB 109 adult corrections realignment is that county jails are now the primary providers of medical care for long-term realigned inmates.   The Community…
Mapping the landscape of California's juvenile justice population
California is a very diverse state, with 58 counties potentially acting as "laboratories" of policy innovation in the field of juvenile justice.  County and state-level practitioners, and policy makers can learn from these successes and model similar programs in their respective jurisdictions.  However, these same counties also vary in their ability to address complex pressing challenges, specifically as relates to youth offenders.  County-level data-analysis is a necessary building block in…
Meaningful mental health outcomes for youth
In the last sixteen years, California's counties have assumed an increased responsibility for the state's justice involved youth.  The Governor and independent policy organizations such as the Legislative Analyst's Office have argued that the state's counties are better equipped than the state's youth correctional system to serve high needs youth.  This vulnerable population is often exposed to childhood trauma and violence resulting in an increased need for mental health services which can be…
Humboldt County's regional "New Horizons" program delivers impressive results
Humboldt County's Probation Department is leading the way in utilizing innovative funding streams for serving California's highest-risk, highest-need youthful offenders. The department utilizes innovating funding streams in their New Horizons program to provide mental health in-facility and aftercare treatment in a way that puts rehabilitation at the center of their department's mission. From Humboldt's County Probation Deptartment's website : New Horizons, an intensive…
High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms

High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms California Progress Report, February 16, 2012

High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms

High-Needs Kids and Juvenile Justice Reforms Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, February 13, 2012

DJF culture shift absent as lawsuit continues
As of January 2012, three of California's Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) remain, O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (OHCYCF), N.A. Chaderjian (NACYCF) in Stockton, CA and Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) in Ventura, California.  The Southern Reception Center closed down at the end of the 2011, transferring the remaining youth and 77 staff to VYCF, now the only DJF facility in southern California.  Already plagued with abuses and strained past capacity, VYCF continues to…
Veterans impacted by the criminal justice system
Veterans returning from war zones face copious challenges upon re-entering their communities and many encounter the criminal justice system in some capacity.  CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow, William (Bud) Brown conducts research on this issue.  In his recent paper, published in CJCJ's Justice Policy Journal (JPJ) earlier this year, Dr. Brown conducted a study finding that veterans with PTSD and alcohol dependency related to combat are more likely to be impacted by the criminal justice system. …
DJF: No special treatment for youth with special needs
The 19th report of the Special Master , in the ongoing Farrell v. Cate lawsuit to reform California's Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) was released early September.  A major theme I discovered was the lack of DJF's ability to provide for those individuals with special needs, particularly in the areas of special education, mental health, and wards with physical and mental disabilities.   While these populations may be more challenging to serve than the general population, the presence of…
Who is in the SHU? The need for reform in prison isolation units
Demonstrations are taking place at Governors' offices across the country  today in New York, Connecticut, and Illinois in solidarity with those pushing for basic rights and humane conditions within the Security Housing Units (SHU) at the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison, located in the northwestern tip of California.  The conditions of the SHU will be the topic of discussion at today's oversight hearing by California's Assembly Public Safety Committee (listen live at 1:30 pm ). The…
Model Community Mental Health Programming
The "Blueprint for Change " report released by The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice in 2007 highlights the need to address mental health treatment from a unified approach that includes both the juvenile justice system and mental health agencies. The report mentions several important cornerstones in the treatment of youth with mental disorders.  One of the key points is that all juvenile justice involved youth should be "systematically screened for mental illness". …
Daniel Macallair speaks on the Juvenile Mental Health Outlook on KCBS
Listen to Daniel Macallair, Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, speak on the Juvenile Mental Health Outlook on KCBS View Full Clip

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