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Calif. counties seek to reduce re-offense rate

Realignment creates an opportunity for local jursdictions to implement community-based interventions for individuals who have been charged with non-serious, non-sexual, and non-violent offenses.

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 10, Number 1 - Spring 2013

Includes articles on residential substance abuse treatment, faith-based halfway houses, youth justice in Nigeria, and gun control laws.

America's war on drugs [video blog]
~ CJCJ Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males
CA Policy: CNOA's war on rehabilitation
My last blog featured a prominent and successful lobbyist, John Lovell, and described the influential power a lobbyist can wield by representing a collective of agencies with similar agendas.  The California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA) is yet another of the clients John Lovell has in his collection. CNOA was founded in 1964 and has approximately 7,000 members, including local, state, and federal peace officers, prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel.  It has historically…
Social network participants may be more prone to drug, alcohol use, study finds
Social network participants may be more prone to drug, alcohol use, study finds Montreal Gazette, August 25, 2011
Teens on Facebook and Social Media Sites more likely to drink, smoke and use drugs: Study
Teens on Facebook and Social Media Sites more likely to drink, smoke and use drugs: Study Huffington Post, August 24, 2011
CJCJ supports The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011
The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1231) was introduced in June by Senator Patrick Leahy (D- VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Robert Portman (R-OH), and is now on its way to the U.S. Senate for a vote.   The Second Chance Act originally passed unanimously in 2008 and funded re-entry programs nation-wide in the areas of substance abuse treatment, employment and mentoring services, and family reunification programs.  It has since improved ex-offender…
Bizarre Drug Czar Logic
The most fundamental disagreement between drug policy reformers and drug warriors such as Office of National Drug Control Policy chief Gail Kerlikowske--who is warning that the federal government may sue to overturn California's Proposition 19 should the initiative to legalize adult possession of small quantities of marijuana pass on November 2--is what constitutes "the problem." Reported the Associated Press on October 20:      Kerlikowske was in Southern California on Wednesday for…
Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Panic Masks a White Drug Abuse Crisis
What does a drug abuse epidemic have to do with angry political attacks against immigrants and minorities? Everything, concludes a new CJCJ study detailing key facts so far missing from debate over Arizona's draconian anti-immigrant law. The study analyzes recent figures documenting that drug abuse has become a deadlier crisis in Arizona than almost anywhere else--worse, even, than California's formidable drug woes. After a tripling in drug death rates over the last two decades, overdose of…
Scapegoating Immigrants: Arizona's Real Crisis Is Rooted in State Residents' Soaring Drug Abuse
Senior Research Fellow Mike Males and Executive Director Daniel Macallair investigate Arizona's recent anti-immigrant law.  "
Scapegoating Immigrants: Arizona's Real Crisis Is Rooted in State Residents' Soaring Drug Abuse
Scapegoating Immigrants: Arizona's Real Crisis Is Rooted in State Residents' Soaring Drug Abuse
Targeting Blacks for Marijuana - Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08
Targeting Blacks for Marijuana - Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08 The Drug Policy Alliance, June 30, 2010
Drug Abuse Is Now California's Leading Cause of Premature Death
In 1980, before California and the United States embarked on a massive "War on Drugs" to arrest and imprison rising tens of thousands of drug users, a total of 1,480 residents died from overdoses or chronic abuse of illicit drugs. That constituted 7.7% of the state's death toll from all external causes (that is, accidents, suicides, murders, and violent deaths of undetermined intent). After nearly three decades of drug war, just-released Center for Health Statistics figures show a record 4,196…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 6, Number 2 - Fall 2009
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The Limits of Preventive Detention: Habeas Corpus, Boumediene v. Bush (2008) and Comparative Preemption Policy Public but Opaque: The Problems of Tracking Homicide Charging in a California County Exit Exams, the Prison Pipeline and Getting Tough Anyway A Review of Conceptual Contributions to Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Arenas A Century of Losing Battles: The Costly and Ill-Advised War on Drugs in the United States From the editor…
The racism of marijuana prohibition
The racism of marijuana prohibition Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2009
Drug War Update, the year 2008 in review
As far as the war on drugs is concerned, as far as 2008 is concerned we simply conclude that "the beat goes on."  More than $50.8 billion was spent on this never-ending campaign, with the states spending about 60% of the money.  Almost 1.9 million were arrested for drug offenses during the year, 831,000 for marijuana alone, mostly possession.  Almost 11,000 were incarcerated as a result of their arrest and conviction .   As everyone knows, race and gender are of critical importance in…
The Biggest "Change" We Need from Obama: Get Politics out of Drug Policy
From 2003 through the present, 4,200 Americans died and over 30,000 have been wounded in the war in Iraq. This toll has generated justifiable outrage among those who consider invading Iraq a colossal mistake. Indeed, President-elect Barack Obama, has pledged to end the war soon after taking office. Meanwhile, right here at home from 2003 through 2008, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports indicate that around 200,000 Americans died from overdoses of illegal drugs;  SAMHSA surveys…
Abolish the Office of National Drug Control Policy
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy was established in the early 1980s, funded in 1986, and issued its first National Drug Control Strategy in 1987. In the middle of a massive crack-cocaine and heroin epidemic generating rising overdose deaths and dealer violence, the Strategy prioritized chasing around casual users, mostly of marijuana, on the grounds that moderate drug users set a bad "moral... example." In the two decades during which the ONDCP and its "drug czar" have…
Prop. 5 would fund innovative treatment for drug offenders

Prop. 5 would fund innovative treatment for drug offenders AlterNet, October 25, 2008 and San Francisco Chronicle, October 10, 2008

Treatment or Incarceration? Drug Addiction Facts
Treatment or Incarceration? Drug Addiction Facts TransWorldNews, September 9, 2008
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 1, Number 1 - Summer 2001
(ISSN 1530-3012 ) From the editor Justice Policy Journal Volume 1, Number 1: August 2001 From the editor By Daniel Macallair, MPA Editorial Statement Manuscripts submitted to the Justice Policy Journal cannot have been published elsewhere, including the Internet. They cannot be under consideration by another journal or publication outlet. Upon publication, author(s) must sign a Copyright Agreement with the Justice Policy Journal. Justice Policy Journal Volume 1, Number 1:…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 1, Number 2 - Spring 2003
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Justice Policy Journal Volume 1, Number 2: Spring 2003 From the editor By Daniel Macallair, MPA Editorial Statement Manuscripts submitted to JPJ cannot have been published elsewhere, including the internet. They cannot be under consideration by another journal or publication outlet. Upon publication, authors must sign a copyright agreement with the Justice Policy Journal . Justice Policy Journal Volume 1, Number 2: Spring 2003 By Edward…
San Francisco Challenges: Statistics don't support official explanations for high black arrest rate

San Francisco Challenges: Statistics don't support official explanations for high black arrest rate San Francisco Chronicle, March 19, 2007

This is Your Brain on Drugs, Dad

This is Your Brain on Drugs, Dad New York Times, January 3, 2007

The Supportive Living Program: Applying A Social Model Recovery Approach To High Risk Parolees

Social model recovery programs are focused on building a person's intrinsic motivation to maintain a clean and sober lifestyle through personal growth, social interaction and supportive networks.  

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