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After Proposition 47: Following the money

Two weeks ago, California voters ushered in a landmark opportunity to reduce the state’s over-reliance on incarceration. Now it's up to advocates to make sure the savings get into the right hands.

CJCJ in the news: Proposition 47 releases, resentencings begin in Lake County

Lake County News highlights CJCJ's recent brief estimating the county-level impact of Proposition 47.

CJCJ in the news: What To Expect Now That California Passed Prop 47

FiveThirtyEight highlights CJCJ's recent brief estimating the county-level impact of Proposition 47.

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.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano: A Champion for Reform

Brian Goldstein reflects on the tenure of outgoing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and his dedicated leadership in criminal justice reform. 

CJCJ in the news: As Juvenile Arrests Plummet, California Still Investing in Incarceration Facilities

The Chronicle of Social Change highlights advocacy by CJCJ and others to use state funds for local innovative programming-based juvenile justice facilities.

Remembering John Vasconcellos

With the death of former State Senator John Vasconcellos on May 29, the California criminal justice reform community lost one of its great champions. Vasco, as he was affectionately known, was one of those rare elected officials whose commitment to justice never wavered. 

An Opportunity for Juvenile Justice Innovation in California

Counties currently seeking state funding have both immense responsibility to ensure continued best practices, and the valuable opportunity to build bridges between justice-involved youth and the communities to which they will return. 

A Quest for Democracy in Sacramento

On May 19, over 200 individuals came to the capitol as part of the second annual Formerly Incarcerated People’s Quest for Democracy.

CJCJ in the news: California proposals aim to help young offenders

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses California's trend towards juvenile justice reform in the Associated Press.

Positive Efforts Toward Decreasing California's Pretrial Population

Unsentenced individuals comprise over 60% of California's statewide jail population. Therefore, decreasing the number of people detained pretrial can alleviate unnecessary use of jail beds and improve overall public safety outcomes.

CJCJ Statement on the Governor’s Budget May Revision for FY 2014-15

CJCJ's response to Governor Jerry Brown's FY 2014-15 Budget May Revision.

State Committee Recommends a Need for Data and Accountability

On Thursday, May 8, California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) heard a series of presentations from its Juvenile Justice Standing Committee (JJSC) around data, education, and disproportionate minority contact or confinement in the juvenile justice system.

Building a New Juvenile Justice System

The Board of State and Community Corrections is responsible for allocating $80 million dollars in juvenile facility construction funding. It is time to use this fiscal allocation differently and change the shape of California's juvenile justice system.

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

A Survey of Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California

Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional juvenile justice legislation that is worthy of recognition and support.

Two Roadmaps for Reform

California’s 2014 legislative session has started and policymakers are considering ways to develop comprehensive public safety policy. Recent reports by the Legislative Analysts Office and Little Hoover Commission provide a necessary roadmap for the state.

CJCJ in the news: 'Audrie's Law' targets rapes of passed-out teens

Senate Bill 838, "Audrie's Law" would expand the ability of prosecutors to unilaterally charge youth as adults. Is this another example of knee-jerk policy?

Dan Walters: Brown Gets Win on Prisons, But Political Angst Continues

The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters highlights a new report by CJCJ that finds no conclusive causal trend between Realignment and recent crime trends.

Conflicting Reports

The North Coast Journal references CJCJ's new Realignment report that finds no direct connection between Realignment and violent crime rates.

Don’t Blame Realignment for Crime Spike

Beyond Chron highlights a new CJCJ report on the impact of Realignment on California's crime rates.

No link between California’s Prison Realignment and increased crime, study says

The Long Beach Press Telegram highlights a new CJCJ report that finds little evidence of a connection between Realignment and increased crime rates.

Report: Rising auto thefts in Monterey County may not be related to prison realignment

The Monterey Herald reports on CJCJ's recent analysis of crime trends in post-Realignment California.  

CJCJ Statement on Governor Brown’s FY 14-15 Budget Proposal

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed FY 2014-15 Budget for California. CJCJ applauds the Governor’s willingness to adopt some of the systemic changes necessary for not only meeting the court-ordered prison population cap, but also improving public safety outcomes for all Californians. Yet, we are concerned by a failure to support long-term systemic reforms for improving our criminal justice system and the near absence of juvenile justice policy in his budget. 

California Set to Begin Policymaking in 2014

This month California’s policymakers will return to Sacramento and begin addressing some of the state’s pressing justice issues. The public and stakeholders alike should use these different venues to advocate for a more balanced justice system that focuses on alternatives to incarceration and produce positive safety outcomes.

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