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Give Homeless Mothers a Second Chance on #GivingTuesday

Help CJCJ continue an influential, groundbreaking program that provides a safe and healthy living environment for San Franicisco's women and children. 

Support Healing After Incarceration on #GivingTuesday

On this global day of giving, we at CJCJ hope you will consider making a donation to support our programs and the people we serve.

From juvenile detention to straight A's, with the help of a mentor

The Christian Science Monitor highlights CJCJ's Youth Justice Mentoring Program (YJM) and features interviews from clients and mentors about the impact of a caring adult role model. 

Ban the Box: Helpful or Harmful?

A new study reveals an unintended consequence of Ban the Box legislation. How does this impact job seekers?

National Reentry Week & April News from CJCJ

CJCJ'S Direct service team reflects on National Reentry Wee , San Francisco leadership discusses Prop. 47's impact on crime, & CJCJ advocates for community opportunity at the state Senate.

July news from CJCJ

CJCJ welcomes Cameo House's new director, Shirley Lamarr; Men's Wearhouse donates suits to CJCJ program graduates; Nisha Ajmani calls for trauma-informed care in the juvenile system

CJCJ clinical case managers set clients on the path to rehabilitation

CJCJ’s juvenile justice services programs utilize intensive supervision and clinical services (ISCS) to address the unique needs of clients and help them reenter their communities.

Felony Disenfranchisement on Election Day

Election Day is an annual reminder on the importance of civic engagement. Unfortunately, an alarming number of Americans do not have the option to vote because of their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Clearing the Path Ahead: One Step Towards Improving Reentry in California

California recently lifted the ban on access to welfare for people with felony drug convictions. Though a strong step in the right direction, many obstacles remain for this vulnerable population.

To Seal or Not To Seal – California Taking a Progressive Approach to Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's Gabrielle Marchand analyzes recent legislation for California's justice-involved youth, which provides them with a clean slate and ample opportunities for future success

Back to work: San Francisco reduces unfair barriers to employment

Earlier this month, San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to implement a Fair Chance Ordinance promoting fair hiring policies among both public and private employers. 

Out of the Darkness: For Inmates Released Late at Night, Change May Be Coming

Danielle Evans, Director of Women's Services, discusses the need for coordinated reentry planning for individuals exiting local jails.

New laws to help Californians clean up their records

Two bills passed this year will help Californians with criminal histories reduce their barriers to employment and housing in 2014.

Sealing Juvenile Records: A Good First Step to Successful Reentry

Even for adults who are on track for successful reentry, a juvenile adjudication can still create many barriers to success. Sealing a juvenile record is one remedy that could provide valuable relief to those negatively affected by a juvenile record’s existence.

Immigration consequences of criminal convictions

There are many collateral consequences to criminal convictions in California, such as barriers to employment, housing, and social services. An additional concern that criminal defense attorneys should consider when advising their clients is the possible immigration consequences of their conviction.

Reentry barriers: employment and the technology divide

How do you prepare for work in an office environment if you've never used a computer? Many Bay Area residents struggle to find employment after decades of incarceration. 

OP-ED: New Hope – Health Care for Justice-Involved Youth

An Op-ed by CJCJ staff discussing how the ACA, often referred to as Obamacare, will pave the way for justice-involved youth to have access to high-quality reentry and aftercare services.

San Francisco’s reentry pod prepares people for successful release

San Francisco's unique reentry pod in Jail #2 serves men returning from state prison, prior to and during their release into the community. 

Línea Abierta : REALINEACION: ¿BENEFICIO O PLAGA?

CJCJ's NoVA case manager, José Luis Gómez, participates in an interview with Radio Bilingüe in which he emphasizes that Realignment is not just about reducing the overall prison population or moving incarcerated people from a state to local level; Rather, José asserts, AB 109 should be primarily implemented by counties to provide an array of services for justice-involved individuals so that they can improve their lives, reduce recidivism, and ultimately promote overall public health and safety. 

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Charles Manson and the politics of fear

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.

CJCJ's Kimo Uila presents at TCWF Conference, Dec. 13
On December 12-13, 2012, The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) is holding its annual Violence Prevention and California Peace Prize conference in Los Angeles, CA. CJCJ's Director of Juvenile Justice Services, Kimo Uila , will be presenting on Thursday, December 13, as a panelist on Concurrent Workshop III: Ensuring Public Safety Through Successful Juvenile Re-Entry . This panel will explore juvenile re-entry programs in three major counties in the state: Los Angeles, San Francisco and…
CCP committees draw fire over composition, accountability issues
Implementation problems highlighted in a recent Sacramento Bee editorial stand to undermine California's criminal justice realignment efforts.  Most notably, the composition of county-level Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) committees has been called into question. Voting members of these committees are as follows: chiefs of probation and police, the public defender, the presiding judge of the Superior Court, the sheriff, and one social services worker or drug/alcohol abuse…
Those closest to the problem should be at the forefront of the solution
In an era of Realignment, who should be involved in determining the local jurisdictions' implementation plans?  Currently, this responsibility is maintained with the Community Corrections Partnerships (CCP) in each of California's 58 counties.  The CCP is lead by the Chief Probation Officer and includes but is not limited to the District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff and Chief of Police.  There is one seat designated for a representative of a community-based organization serving formerly…
Program uses kitchen to retrain ex-cons and the homeless
Program uses kitchen to retrain ex-cons and the homeless San Francisco Examiner, July 16, 2012
"Life after Murder" by Nancy Mullane
"Life after Murder" follows five individuals serving life with the possibility of parole in California's San Quentin prison and upon their eventual release back into the Bay Area.  Inmates serving life with the possibility of parole sentences are required to appear before a parole board and prove that they no longer present a danger to society before they are granted release.  The parole board comprises law enforcement and corrections professionals who are appointed by the Governor.  During…

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