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Momentum growing for juvenile realignment
Consensus is growing in the Capitol that California's youth correctional facilities need to be closed, with funding and supervision responsibilities realigned to the counties. Building on Past Policy Recommendations: In 2008 the Little Hoover Commission recommended that the state's Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF) close its doors and for California to move towards a county-based juvenile system. In early 2011, the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) concluded , "Less than 1…
Fight brewing over historic California plan to close last three youth prisons
Fight brewing over historic California plan to close last three youth prisons iWatch News, January 25, 2012
New report supports Governor's plan to realign juvenile justice
A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) entitled Juvenile Justice Realignment in 2012 provides support for Governor Brown's realignment proposal and offers five policy recommendations that include a three-year process that allows counties time to design new services and infrastructure.  At the end of three years, the state will no longer manage youth correctional institutions and the resources that used to sustain these facilities will be transferred to the…
Gov. Brown proposes shutting juvenile prison system (again)
Gov. Brown proposes shutting juvenile prison system (again) KALW News, January 9, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system Oakland Tribune, January 6, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system Contra Costa Times, January 6, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system
Gov. Jerry Brown calls for historic shuttering of state's notorious youth prison system San Jose Mercury News, January 6, 2012
Juvenile Justice Realignment in 2012
Juvenile Justice Realignment in 2012
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 8, Number 2 - Fall 2011

(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Latina Exposure to Violence at School Incarcerated Sex Offenders' Perceptions of Prison Sex Offender Treatment Programs Fear, Views of Human Nature and the Potential Consequences for Capital Juries Creating the Youthful Offender in Connecticut An Examination of Media Accounts of Child Abductions in the United States From the editor By Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. and Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D. From the Editors Once again it is time for…

What to expect from the criminal justice system in 2012
What to expect from the criminal justice system in 2012 KALW News, December 12, 2011
How an electoral tweak is throwing California lobbyists into disarray
How an electoral tweak is throwing California lobbyists into disarray KALW News, December 1, 2011
New publication sheds light on the inner circle of K-street lobbying
Announcing the release of CJCJ's latest report on California's special interest groups and criminal justice policy, Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists: The criminal justice inner circle . The investigative report authored by Senior Fellow at Demos, Sasha Abramsky includes interviews with prominent lobbyists such as John Lovell, and CCPOA's Ryan Sherman to find out what drives criminal justice policy in California.   "You build up your rolodex," he says, "you get face and name recognition…
CDAA: ignoring the evidence
Realignment has affected all branches of the criminal justice system.  While sheriffs and probation departments scramble to implement innovate alternatives to incarceration and maximize their jail capacities without adequate funding, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the courts are also faced with similar challenges.  However, some county's prosecutors are not rising to the challenge, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle . In fact, while San Francisco DA George Gascón…
A little known law enforcement group with heavy political sway
A little known law enforcement group with heavy political sway KALW News, November 18, 2011
Capitol Weekly conference on California prisons - handout and slides available
If you could not be at the Capitol Weekly conference today - California Prisons: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly  - you can still get an insight into what Executive Director Daniel Macallair talked about during the reform panel, by checking out his presentation handout and slides , available on CJCJ's Resource Center . If you would like more information or to request related CJCJ publications, please contact Selena Teji, Communications Specialist at cjcjmedia@cjcj.org or 415.621.5661 ext. 317.
Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists
Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists
Audio broadcast "It's all business" out now
"It's all business" is a short broadcast that discusses the role lobbying firms play in exacerbating the current prison crisis in California. Lobbying firms represent special interest groups in California, promoting and opposing legislation based on the agenda of their clients.  These firms specialize in strategic political marketing both to the legislature and to the public through the media. This broadcast aims to highlight the influential role lobbying firms play in shaping…
CA Policy: Round up
This blog concludes a nine-part CA policy series of blogs focused on California's special interest groups and their impact on criminal justice policy.  You can find the full series on CJCJ's California Criminal Justice Interest Group Watch .  The series aimed to answer the question: when it comes to promoting criminal justice policy in California, what works and why? I conducted my exploration of this issue through three channels: ~ Examining various marketing strategies deployed by…
Increased teen driver restrictions may not be working
Increased teen driver restrictions may not be working Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, September 19, 2011
Teen driver restrictions a mixed bag
Teen driver restrictions a mixed bag Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2011
How "realignment" will change criminal justice in California
How "realignment" will change criminal justice in California KALW News, September 6, 2011
Bills determining "life and death" fail in the CA legislature
Two juvenile and criminal justice bills in the California legislature died last Friday due to lack of legislative backing.  Senate Bill 9 would have granted youth sentenced to 'life without parole' (LWOP) a chance to petition for parole after serving at least 10-25 years of their sentence.  It failed by a close margin and will be reconsidered in the coming weeks.   The second bill, Senate Bill 490 aimed to repeal the death penalty.  Although it gained substantial media attention it could not…
CA policy: Gimmicks versus Facts: the politics of marketing
In my last blog , I discussed the effectiveness of a 3-week media blitz that overthrew a California Proposition backed by significant financial investment, popular support, and academic research.  This week's blog will explore another example of the importance of a good marketing strategy when campaigning for criminal justice initiatives. California Proposition 5 (2008) Prop. 5 , known also as the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (NORA), was a ballot initiative scheduled for the…
Executive Director Daniel Macallair presents at Texas Public Policy Foundation conference
The Texas Public Policy Foundation cordially invited CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair to present at a panel discussion on juvenile justice as part of the 19th Annual Meeting of the State Policy Network (SPN), on August 25, 2011 .  Approximately 700 executives, scholars, researchers, and communications staff from the nation's state-based free-market think tanks attend the conference, as well as representatives from national organizations such as the Heritage Foundation, Cato…
CA policy: Three Strikes Reform: What happened last time?
On the November 2, 2004 California ballot, Proposition 66 was designed to place limitations on California's "Three Strikes" law enacted in 1994.   In response to the increasing numbers of third-strikers serving 25-years-to-life for drug possession, the initiative intended to require that the third-strike conviction be for a violent or serious felony in order to apply an increased sentence. According to the Legislative Analyst's Office , Proposition 66 would have saved the state several…

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