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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.

'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.

A New Year and New Opportunity for Policy Reform in California

In 2014, community advocates and state policymakers should work together to continue focus on three policy areas and develop solutions that reflect the experiences of California’s most vulnerable populations.

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.

A Modern Understanding of a Long Ago Confession and a Boy’s Execution

An in-depth look at the George Stinney case and what it could mean for juvenile justice policy almost 70 years later.

California to Decide on $500 Million Jail Construction

On December 4-5, 2013, representatives from 36 counties came to Sacramento and made their case to receive jail construction funding available through Assembly Bill (AB) 1022With this legislation, California will allocate $500 million in revenue lease bonds for counties to construct adult criminal justice facilities. 

CJCJ Newsletter - Tell the Governor to sign these bills!

A run down of California's legislative session, SF's Due Process for All Ordinance, and a call for your support of Cameo House.

Four Reasons Californians Need Fair Drug Sentencing Reform

This year, Governor Jerry Brown can take a bold step to reform drug sentencing for individuals who posses small quantities of a controlled substance for personal use. Senate Bill 649, authored by State Senator Mark Leno, is a long-term solution that gives California's judges and prosecutors the choice to offer individuals a reduced sentence, when appropriate, for drug possession.

California Poised to Adopt Necessary Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reforms

Both the legislature and Governor Brown are currently reviewing a wide range of juvenile and criminal justice policies that will have a long-term impact on the state. Here's a breakdown of key bills.

California’s Sentencing Quagmire: Is a Commission the Solution?

A statewide Sentencing Commission could initiate much needed sentencing reform and end the prison crisis in the long-term.

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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Legislative update: proposed California criminal justice policy, June 2013

The California state legislature just completed a pivotal phase in the legislative process. CJCJ reviews key criminal justice policies currently under consideration.

AB 915: A continued vision for juvenile justice reform in California

Unfortunately, AB 915 did not make it off the Assembly Appropriations suspense file on Friday, May 24. This ends the current legislative path for the bill, but its legacy and vision remain undeterred.

Unfortunately, AB 915 did not make it off the Assembly Appropriations suspense file on Friday, May 24. This ends the current legislative path for the bill, but its legacy and vision remain undeterred
Merging BSCC leadership roles limits opportunities for reform

On May 15, 2013, Governor Brown submitted a budget trailer bill that makes concerning changes to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).

Grassroots Leaders to Legislators: We Have the Right To Remain Unsilent!

On May 13, 2013: Formerly Incarcerated People's Quest for Democracy Legislative Briefing on polices that impact the ability of formerly incarcerated people to fully participate in society.

Youth rehabilitation bill clears Assembly Public Safety Committee

California’s counties are one step closer to having more resources to treat and rehabilitate youth who have committed serious or violent offenses.

Building a local foundation for state juvenile justice success

California counties have increasingly served as incubators for model policy innovation.  State policymakers must nurture this bottom-up reform to ensure a balanced approach that benefits our justice-involved youth and promotes public safety.

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