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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. 

CJCJ in the news: S.F. police scandal focuses on dwindling number of blacks

The Los Angeles Times highlights CJCJ's 2012 report on San Francisco's disproportionate arrests of African Americans for drug felonies.

CJCJ in the news: San Francisco Criminal Justice Leaders Push for Change at Race Summit

CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Mike Males discusses his latest findings on racially disproportionate arrests in San Francisco.

April News from CJCJ

Formerly incarcerated Californians advocate for reform; San Francisco's Racially Disproportionate Arrest Rates Persist; CJCJ youth client gets a fresh start

San Francisco's Disproportionate Arrest Rates of African American Women Persist

new CJCJ fact sheet analyzing data shows the disproportionately high arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco.

CJCJ in the news: African Americans cited for resisting arrest at high rate in S.F.

SF Gate highlights CJCJ's study on the disproportionate arrest rates of African American women in San Francisco. 

From Selma to Ferguson

Although dealing with events of more almost 50 years ago, the film Selma is current. As the old saying goes, “the past is prologue.”

Killing by California Law Enforcement: It Is What You Think (Part II)

Those most at risk of being killed by officers (rates 2.5 to 20 times the state average): Native Americans ages 20-44; African Americans ages 15-49 and 65-69; Latinos ages 20-34.

"Young black men" is not a metaphor for violence

The failures of local authorities to hold police accountable for killing unarmed black men deserve angry condemnation -- not more stereotyping.

Who Are Police Killing?

Over the last four decades, some 15,000 Americans have been killed by law enforcement officers. Native Americans are most at risk, followed by African Americans.

Cracking the Racial Disparity for Cocaine Sentencing

By equalizing treatment and punishment for crack and powder cocaine, Sen. Mitchell's SB 1010 recognizes drug abuse as a health issue and promotes racial equality.

Why Statistical Bigotry Is Just Bigotry, Round 2

Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson shows once again how statistics are misused to justify prejudicial policing

Justice Policy Journal – Volume 11, Number 1 – Spring 2014

Articles on the nexus between immigration and criminal justice, disproportionate justice-involvement among the American Indian population, and modern developments in prison architecture and design.

Being a Young African American Basketball Player is Dangerous to Your Health

They were walking this time. But I guess it does not matter whether you are standing still, walking or just sitting. If you are a young African American man living in an urban area, you are fair game for “stop and frisk” and other methods of “preventive policing” used by police officers.

Standing while black

Some have claimed the “end of racism” in this country. The most recent claim comes from the Republican Party. 

Justice Policy Journal – Volume 10, Number 2 – Fall 2013

Articles on veterans, juvenile diversion program volunteers, court-ordered mentoring for adjudicated youth, pretrial publicity, and punishing racial and ethnic minority student athletes.

The Color-Line in American Criminal Justice

W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared in his 1903 work, On the Souls of Black Folk, “for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”. Issues of race remain highly relevant today for all Americans; even if takes the death of an unarmed African American teenager to remind us of this fact.

W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared in his 1903 work, On the Souls of Black Folk, “for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”. Issues of race remain highly relevant today for all Americans; even if takes the death of an unarmed African American teenager to remind us of this fact.

Susan Sarandon: Colorado Was Just the Beginning

Actress Susan Sarandon supports the legalization and regulation of marijuana and asks others to do the same.

California Assembly Holds Hearing on Building Safe and Successful Schools

On Wednesday, June 12th, the California State Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color brought together policymakers, grassroots advocates, youth, educators, and concerned parents to offer their perspectives on school safety and education needs for youth of color. The hearing elevated voices, which need to be raised more often in Sacramento and across the state. 

Racial disparities in arrest practices merit closer attention

Nationally, African Americans are 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate, according to a new report. 

Race and the Drug War

As so many have noted time and again, young black males have received the brunt of the “war on drugs.”

Racial gap in pot busts extends to SF

In San Francisco, a city that prides itself on a progressive attitude toward marijuana, authorities have been arresting fewer and fewer people for pot possession. But African Americans are arrested at far higher rates than whites.

The rich get richer while everyone else struggles

A couple of interesting news stories appeared today in the Los Angeles Times.  The first one is titled “Forbes' tally of billionaires jumps 16%; Buffett drops in list.”  The second is called “Nearly half of Americans are one emergency from financial ruin.”

SFPD and Police Commission tackle racially disparate arrest trends

On January 23, 2013, the San Francisco Police Commission held a public hearing to discuss the city’s arrest data. The result was a refreshing openness to examining the city’s arrest trends for racial disparities and a willingness to work with independent researchers in the community.

Police Commission Hearing, Jan. 23, 2013

CJCJ's testimony to the San Francisco Police Commission regarding the city's 40-year history of increasingly racially disparate arrest practices.

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