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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.

Daniel Macallair presenting at the California Correctional Crisis 2013

On March 21-22, 2013, the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, the UC Hastings Criminal Justice Institute, and the California Correctional Crisis Blog will present a symposium adrressing Realignment.  

SFSU hosts panel on Promoting Public Policy Reform, Feb. 21, 2013

On February 21, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm San Francisco State University is hosting a panel discussion entitled, Promoting Public Policy Reform from Inside and Outside Government, at SF State’s Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Room 609, SF, CA 94103.

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,…
The BSCC: A continued promise of oversight
The tapestry of California's criminal justice system is populated with state agencies, each working to improve corrections and rehabilitation.  While frequently unrecognized by an understandably busy public, these agencies nevertheless serve a necessary function.  One such body is California's Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) , which grew out of the abolished Board of Corrections and subsequent Corrections Standards Authority.  The stated purpose of the board includes: …
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates Huffington Post, December 12, 2012
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study The Inquisitr, December 11, 2012
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing California Progress Report, December 10, 2012
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, December 7, 2012
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California Nation of Change, November 26, 2012
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County Redwood City-Woodside Patch, December 5, 2012
Reform cuts marijuana possession arrests 86% in 2011, upends California drug policing
Just-released 2011 arrest statistics from the state Criminal Justice Statistics Center show that pioneering legislation downgrading simple marijuana possession from a criminal offense into an infraction--an effort to deter passage of Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana outright--has detonated a revolution in California drug-law enforcement. California's new arrest figures read like something out of a drug policy reformer's dream--but with unexpected twists (see table).…
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study Huffington Post, November 29, 2012
Little Hoover Commission discusses need for sentencing reform
Today, the Little Hoover Commission (LHC) hosted a public hearing on bail and sentencing reform in the State Capitol.  LHC is an independent state oversight agency created in 1962 to investigate state government operations and promote efficiency, economy and improved service. As part of an ongoing assessment of public safety in California following AB 109 criminal justice realignment in October 2011, the LHC heard testimony regarding the monetary bail system, alternatives to bail, jail…
Washington's and Colorado's marijuana legalization schemes are no model for California
Though widely celebrated by progressive drug-policy reform groups, Colorado's Amendment 64 and Washington state's Initiative 502 approved by voters "to regulate marijuana like alcohol" represent discriminatory approaches Californians should not emulate. In fact, California 's current marijuana regulation design under SB 1449 is better than offered by Colorado or Washington .   In particular, Washington's marijuana legalization framework is flawed, containing several provisions that…
Former 'SYTYCD' Performer Helps At-Risk Youth
Former 'SYTYCD' Performer Helps At-Risk Youth Fox 40, November 2, 2012
California Juvenile Arrests at 50-year Low
California Juvenile Arrests at 50-year Low Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 2, 2012
California and juvenile justice realignment: Solid ideas, shaky execution
While Texas and Missouri continue to make steady, substantial steps towards juvenile justice realignment (as mentioned recently by CJCJ), California seems mired in a state of indecision.  Though acknowledging the need for wholesale reform, the state lacks the political commitment to implement the policy changes necessary to accomplish it.  In 2011-2012, Governor Brown proposed full-scale juvenile justice realignment with support from the Little Hoover Commission, the Legislative Analysts…
Juvenile Crime Rate At Record Low
Juvenile Crime Rate At Record Low Capital Public Radio, October 31, 2012
Juvenile crime drops to record low in California
Juvenile crime drops to record low in California KPCC, October 31, 2012
Reform 'three strikes': Proposition 36 will improve an unfair, costly and ineffective law
Reform 'three strikes': Proposition 36 will improve an unfair, costly and ineffective law Chico News and Review, September 20, 2012
Overcrowded jails, the bail industry, and pretrial alternatives
This month is the Justice Policy Institute (JPI)'s Bail Reform Month . Their national public education campaign provides research showing that "money bail is a failed policy that does not protect public safety" and leads to unnecessary incarceration in local jails. If you have been following criminal justice realignment in California, this issue is of foremost importance. In California, approximately 71% of the jail population is unsentenced. Many of the detainees are in detention simply…
Juveniles in adult courts: Moving in the opposite direction
California is moving in the opposite direction of the rest of the nation when it comes to transferring juveniles into adult court systems.  California's practice of filing juvenile cases in adult court is not congruent with the efforts of many states that are removing youth from adult criminal justice system, strengthening juvenile courts, and changing their transfer laws to ensure youth offenders remain in the juvenile system.   A new report from the national Campaign for Youth Justice …
California Realignment Picture Comes into Focus
California Realignment Picture Comes into Focus CorrectionalNews, September 5, 2012
After 18 Years of "Three Strikes," Are Californians Ready for a Change?
After 18 Years of "Three Strikes," Are Californians Ready for a Change? New American Media, September 3, 2012

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