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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.

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

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