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“Demographic determinism” persists even among progressives. It needs to stop.
CJCJ and our allies are working to enact systemic reforms to make California's criminal and juvenile justice systems more humane, fair, and effective. Learn about some of the bills we're supporting.
CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden discusses the case of Michael DiVicino, a California prisoner currently serving his time at the Nevada State Prison in Indian Springs.
Brown has allowed more people convicted of homicide to parole than have the past four governors combined. That's a good thing — but not good enough.
Brown's budget revives a killed bill that requires state parole, rather than community supervision, for certain people who have suffered from mental illness.
Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding focuses on increasing incarceration, rather than enhancing public safety.
Gov. Brown must reduce the state's prison population by 10,000 people or be held in contempt of Court. Systematically releasing low-risk inmates is a safe and just way to meet this mandate.
Sensationalized stories and anecdotal information in the media over the past year may make you want to hide behind a closed door. In 2011, Realignment caused great concern that floods of state inmates would walk out of state prison and into the streets. This of course was not true, but over the last year media stories have highlighted concerns that Realignment is causing more local crime.
Forty-three years ago, Charles Manson and his “Family” of disciples brutally murdered nine innocent people in Los Angeles. The killings are among the most notorious in the nation’s history, and continue to haunt the public imagination. By March 3, Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether to release one of the Family members, Bruce Davis, from prison.
If California hopes to fix its correctional crisis, it needs to broaden its outlook on sentencing reform to address not only low-level offenders, but also those who have committed serious and violent crimes. In my last post , I wrote that such offenders are spending more and more time behind bars, and that much of this increased time is due to harsh sentence enhancements like "Three Strikes and You're Out" and 10-20-Life -- "Use a Gun and You're Done." These enhancements come at a huge cost to…
Social model recovery programs are focused on building a person's intrinsic motivation to maintain a clean and sober lifestyle through personal growth, social interaction and supportive networks.
The study examines California's system of parole and makes recommendations for improvement.
Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.
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