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San Francisco Strengthens Legal Protections for Youth

The "Jeff Adachi Youth Rights" ordinance is now the strongest law in the country for youth in police custody, setting a precedent for counties across California and the U.S. and emphasizing the importance of local reform in the fight for youth justice.

Violence at DJJ, Guide to Reentry, and more!

February news: CJCJ report uncovers dangerous conditions at CA's Division of Juvenile Justice, new practical guide supports justice-involved youth during reentry, and CJCJ honors Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender.

CJCJ Mourns Passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Champion for Justice

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice mourns the passing of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s Public Defender.

Patti Lee Appointed to Federal Board by the Obama Administration

Long-time CJCJ board member Patti Lee was honored by the Obama administration with a four-year appointment to the DOJ Science Advisory Board.

CJCJ in the news: The over-policing of black women in SF

San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, discusses CJCJ's recent report on the city's disproportionate arrests of African American women. 

Kate McCracken presenting at the SF Public Defenders Justice Summit 2013

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the San Francisco Public Defender's Office is hosting its annual Justice Summit for 2013, celebrating 50 years of Gideon

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…
CJCJ Opposes AB 2141
Congratulations to Patti Lee and Jeff Adachi of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office for their tireless effort in defeating AB 2141. Patti Lee served as the lead opposition by organizing CJCJ, Youth Law Center, and the Commonwealth Juvenile Justice Program along with the Public Defenders' Offices from 5 counties, including San Francisco and Alameda to back her in this fight against the bill. Without Patti Lee and Jeff Adachi's opposition and perseverance in defeating this bill, more youth…
Save the San Francisco Public Defender's Office

Save the San Francisco Public Defender's Office BeyondChron, June 22, 2009

Save the San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Few events better reflect the priorities of elected officials more vividly than a budget crisis.  It is during a budget crisis that policy-makers are forced to choose between the interests of powerful or popular constituencies and the needs of the less powerful and most vulnerable citizens.  Presently, this drama is being played out in San Francisco where social and legal services to the poor are being slashed while Police and Fire Department budgets are being protected.  This Faustian bargain…
Daniel Macallair writes on the question of budget cuts for the SF Public Defender's office
Though many wish to see the public defender's budget cut due to the current economic conditions, Daniel Macallair explains how this would be detrimental to the city in an article published on BeyondChron .

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