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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.

Home From Prison

The San Francisco Bay Guardian article highlights CJCJ's Cameo House program and importance of alternatives to incarceration and individualized care. 

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. 


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. 

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…
Developing Leaders [guest video blog]
CJCJ's guest video blog by Will Roy, discusses challenges to re-entry from the state's youth correctional facilities and what he thinks should be the way forward for juvenile justice in California.   Will Roy is currently a psychology student at the City College of San Francisco.  He was made a ward of the California Youth Authority (now the Division of Juvenile Facilities) in 1997, as a first time offender at the age of 15, and remained a ward until 2003. During his six year CYA…
Securing employment for ex-offenders, locally
An estimated 25 % of all Californian's have a criminal record, many landing in San Francisco, where rate of unemployment among ex-offenders is disproportionately high.  Even though San Francisco, and other cities, including Berkeley and Oakland, have "Banned-the-box, " meaning employers can no longer inquire at the application phase about past criminal convictions, barriers still exist for this particular population.  For instance, many employers still conduct background checks , often using…
Second Chance Act funding threatened
Of the $2.3 billion currently allocated in the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, $0 is included in the Senate's version for Second Chance Act funding.  Although full funding would require $165 million, there is an opportunity to restore, at least a portion of this crucial funding for fiscal year 2012.  President Obama has requested $100 million and the House of Representatives request includes $70 million; however, agreement from both the House and the Senate appropriations…
Gerald Miller is reappointed to San Francisco's Reentry Council
September 15, 2011 - Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Rules Committee reappointed CJCJ's Gerald Miller to serve an additional two-year term on San Francisco's Reentry Council.   Gerald has served on the Reentry Council since 2009 and continues to be a leader in progressive criminal justice and community-based reform.  Congratulations Gerald!
CJCJ supports The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011
The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1231) was introduced in June by Senator Patrick Leahy (D- VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Robert Portman (R-OH), and is now on its way to the U.S. Senate for a vote.   The Second Chance Act originally passed unanimously in 2008 and funded re-entry programs nation-wide in the areas of substance abuse treatment, employment and mentoring services, and family reunification programs.  It has since improved ex-offender…
San Francisco may bar employers, landlords from asking about arrests, convictions
San Francisco may bar employers, landlords from asking about arrests, convictions Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2011
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 7, Number 2 - Fall 2010
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Psychotropic Control of Women Prisoners: The Perpetuation of Abuse of Imprisoned Women Prohibiting Registered Sex Offenders from Being at School: Assessing the Collateral Consequences of a Public Policy Parental Incarceration, Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption: A Case Study of the Intersection Between the Child Welfare and Criminal No-Woman's Land? On Female Crime and Incarceration, Past, Present, and Future In Memory of John Irwin …
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 4, Number 2 - Fall 2007
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Parolee Day Treatment in California: Action Research with Parolees in an Urban Setting Life After 'Life': Wrongly Convicted But Never Truly Free Juvenile Sexual Offenders: An analytical View of Effective Programming Jail Wall Drawings and the Role of Artistic Creativity in Community Reintegration A Convict Criminology Perspective on Women Guarding Men From the editor By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. and Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D. From The…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 6, Number 1 - Spring 2009
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The Myth of a Fair Criminal Justice System The Imprisonment Insights of Female Inmates: Identity & Cognitive Shifts for Exiting a Criminal Lifestyle Predictors of recidivism across major age groups of parolees in Texas Incentives and Obstacles to Drug Court Implementation: Observations of Drug Court Judges and Administrators Criminal Record Policies and Private Employers From the editor By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D., and Randall G. Shelden,…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 1, Number 3 - Fall 2004
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor When the Past is a Prison: The Hardening Plight of the American Ex-Convict Questioning Appropriations for Juvenile Offenders: A Case Study of Juvenile Arrestees in Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties, Florida A Partial Test of Life-Course Theory on a Prison Release Cohort A Civic Justice Corps: Community Service as a Means of Reintegration From the editor By Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D. Editor's Introduction I am pleased to present to…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 2, Number 1 - Summer 2005
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Waiver of Juveniles to Criminal Court: Judicial Discretion and Racial Disparity The View From the Other Side of the Fence: Incarcerated Women Talk about Themselves Focus on Family and Fatherhood: Lessons from Fairfax County's Responsible Fatherhood Program for Incarcerated Dads Doing Jail Time: The Socialization Process of a County Jail Environment From the editor By Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D. From the Editor I would like to welcome…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 2, Number 2 - Fall 2005
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Vocational, Educational and Psychological Assessments of Deaf Inmates Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: The Benefits and Challenges Associated with Risk Classification Tools Research Brief: Violence Against Girls Provokes Girls' Violence Measuring Organizational Capacity among Agencies Serving the Poor: Implications for Achieving Organizational Effectiveness Globalization, Inner City Crime and the Coming Legitimacy Crisis An Examination…

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