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As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

UC Berkeley's Oakland North highlights CJCJ research and interviews Maureen Washburn and Erica Webster on the beneficial reforms of Prop 57. 

Sentencing Reform in California

CJCJ's executive director, Daniel Macallair, testified before the California Legislature on the need for increased uniformity in county implementation of sentencing laws to reduce mass incarceration. 

California Sentencing Institute now shows 2015 trends

The California Sentencing Institute (CASI) interactive map now shows annual criminal and juvenile justice statistics for 2009-2015.

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. 

Post-Prop 57, California Considers the Lasting Harm of Youth Incarceration

With Prop 57, Californians have voted to curb the treatment of youth as adults. Now we must reimagine the treatment of those who remain in the juvenile system.

New Prop 57 data tool shows "justice-by-geography" in California

Prop 57 would abolish prosecutor's ability to charge youth directly in adult court, a practice that has proven to more often impact youth of color and youth in certain counties. 

California Sentencing Institute now shows county trends for 2009-2014

CJCJ's interactive map now shows 6-year trends for county criminal and juvenile justice practices and statewide disparities 

California legislature hears pros and cons of statewide sentencing reform

Criminal and juvenile justice reform advocates testified in support of Governor Brown's ballot initiative Proposition 57, which would roll back disastrous, pro-mass incarceration policy.

California Must Reform Its Gang Sentencing Laws

Sentencing enhancements intended to deter gang activity are overly punitive, conflict with the juvenile justice system’s mission, and have a disproportionate impact on young people of color.

CJCJ in the news: U.S. Supreme Court, Life Sentences for Juveniles Must Be Reviewed

Public News Service interviews CJCJ's executive director, Daniel Macallair, on the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent juvenile justice decision. 

CJCJ in the news: Court Decision Brings Hope, Uncertainty for Juveniles Sentenced to Life

JJIE quotes CJCJ's Daniel Macallair on today's Supreme Court decision to retroactively extend a a 2012 verdict ruling juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) as unconstitutional. 

Enough Nonsense on Youthful (In)competence

Pre-judging the individual guilt of the Santa Cruz 15-year-old accused of murdering a child is not just, and judging all 15-year-olds as incompetent is not science. 

Jane Kim: San Francisco should fund effective programs, not a new jail

San Francisco County Supervisor, Jane Kim, highlights CJCJ's Cameo House as a model alternative to incarceration for rest of the nation. 

Even for violent crimes, longer is not always better

If California hopes to fix its correctional crisis, it needs to broaden its outlook on sentencing reform to address not only low-level offenders, but also those who have committed serious and violent crimes. In my last post , I wrote that such offenders are spending more and more time behind bars, and that much of this increased time is due to harsh sentence enhancements like "Three Strikes and You're Out" and 10-20-Life -- "Use a Gun and You're Done." These enhancements come at a huge cost to…

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