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Artistic expression, a critical step in healing

Art education has immense benefits in human development, personal growth and as a form of therapy, serving as a much-needed tool in combating the harsh realities of incarceration.

Time Cannot Heal All Wounds

Over 95 percent of incarcerated individuals return to the community- what happens then? Rehabilitation, not time spent behind bars, stands at the center of their future success.

Weakening Prop 57 Reinforces Mass Incarceration

New legislation seeks to limit eligibility for Prop 57 reforms, thereby failing to address the root causes of mass incarceration and how we treat those who have committed violent crimes. 

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 13, Number 2 - Fall 2016

Articles discussing the family impacts of caregiver arrest, how juvenile justice systems-involvement affects earnings, and restorative justice legislation and policy. 

A “Yes” on Prop 57 Will End Direct File

Prop 57 strips prosecutors of the power to send youth directly to adult criminal court, returning full discretion to impartial juvenile court judges.

Ban the Box: Helpful or Harmful?

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

Pre-booking Diversion To Help Address Health Needs

How do you divert justice-involved individuals into specialized programs that address the root causes of their criminal activity?


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. 

Brown’s revised budget discriminates against the mentally ill

Brown's budget revives a killed bill that requires state parole, rather than community supervision, for certain people who have suffered from mental illness.

Learning from lifers: sentencing reforms based on empirical evidence

A January 2013 CDCR study finds that “lifers recidivate at markedly lower rates than those who serve determinate sentences.” While this is not necessarily surprising to criminal justice stakeholders, it does raise a data-driven reason for pursuing sentencing reform.

The 4,054 human faces of San Quentin

on March 27, 2013, CJCJ revisited San Quentin State Prison to see what changes had occurred since the implementation of Realignment.

For Troubled Youth, Prison-like Settings do more Harm than Good

In the early morning hours of May 11, 2011, while sleeping on his living room sofa, Jeffrey Hall was shot dead from point-blank range. The killer was Hall’s son who had a long history of violence.

Dan Macallair presents on juvenile justice at Congregation Sherith Israel, Feb. 2
On Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm , the San Francisco synagogue, Congregation Sherith Israel, is hosting a panel discussion on juvenile justice entitled, Rethinking Juvenile Justice: Get Tough or Get Smart?  The panel will explore factors that increase the possibilities for rehabilitation and deter future criminal conduct by young offenders. Presenters include: ~ Daniel Macallair, CJCJ Executive Director ~ Bruce Fisher, Huckleberry Youth Programs Executive Director ~ Denise Coleman,…
Gateway Program provides positive path for San Bernardino County juvenile offenders
Gateway Program provides positive path for San Bernardino County juvenile offenders Redlands Daily Facts, August 26, 2012
Red Rose Culinary Academy off to a delicious start
The Red Rose Culinary Academy is an innovative program from Brothers for Change, Inc .  Led by head chef Henry Howard, the program is designed to enable formerly incarcerated individuals to engage in vocational and academic training in the food industry, which will eventually lead to sustainable employment.  The 16-week culinary arts course prepares students with the skills necessary to enter the food industry workforce upon graduation.  Curriculum modules include a strong foundation in the…
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
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline California Progress Report, June 25, 2012
Monterey County Jail overcrowding stymies rehabilitation programs
Monterey County Jail overcrowding stymies rehabilitation programs Monterey Herald, June 16, 2012
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…
Using a Medical Care Analogy to Reduce Crime
You never know where you will get some ideas that will help develop public policies concerning crime and delinquency.  Yesterday I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR)'s "Fresh Air " program and the subject was providing quality health care.  The guest was talking about focusing on patients with the highest medical costs, which he called "The Hot Spotters." He was talking about a unique doctor in Camden, Ohio who began to do some research on health care costs in his city.   …
Bringing the Missouri Model to California
The Missouri Model, focused on therapeutic rehabilitation, intensive supervision, and reentry support, has been touted for many decades as an exemplary approach to juvenile justice that puts the devastatingly archaic California style of congregate, institutional, and punitive care to shame.  Advocates have frequently pushed for California to finally shed its demonstrably unsuccessful approach for the more enlightened, cost effective, and proven successful Missouri-style system. Critics have hit…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 5, Number 2 - Fall 2008
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Racial Disproportionality in the American Prison Population: Using the Blumstein Method to Address the Critical Race and Justice Issue of the 21st Century Guns and Homicide: Is the Instrument-Focused Approach to Deterrence Efficacious? Guards or Guardians? A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Parenting Styles in Juvenile Correctional Programs Criminal History on a "Need To Know" Basis: Employment Policies that Eliminate the Criminal History Box…
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…
Second Chances: Giving Kids a Chance to Make a Better Choice from the Children's Court Centennial Comm Project
Second Chances: Giving Kids a Chance to Make a Better Choice from the Children's Court Centennial Comm Project
100 Years Of The Children's Court: Giving Kids A Chance To Make A Better Choice

In commemoration of the American Juvenile Court's Centennial, this book includes the stories of 25 individuals who were justice-involved as youth and became successful adults. 

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