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Probation Reports: What we can learn from the 'most important' documents in the criminal justice system

The North Coast Journal explores the importance about pre-sentence investigation reports.  Execuvite Director, Daniel Macallair, discusses this in detail in the article.

Asm. Ammiano: “We can’t punish them into success”

Today, the state Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment held a hearing on juvenile justice reform. The experts unanimously emphasized data collection and use in decision making.

California's Radical De-Incarceration Experiment

Mike Males discusses California's deincarceration movement in the California Progress Report.

OP-ED: The Teenage Brain, New Science or the Same Old Prejudice?

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males explores youth development, behavior, and prejudice in an Op-ed featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Lawyers help troubled S.F. youths stay in class, out of jail

In partnership with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, CJCJ operates the Legal Advocacy Education Program (LEAP) to help at-risk youth obtain educational success.

President Obama to Youth of Color: You’re on Your Own

Mike Males critiques the President's new My Brother's Keeper initiative, asking why the federal government is not investing in measures to reduce youth poverty.

Kids for Cash

Senior Research Fellow Randy Shelden revisits his previous examination of the perils of privatization of youth prisons and detention centers.

The Negative Impact of Solitary Confinement on Youth

“Punitive segregation” and “therapeutic modules” describe interventions correctional facility staff use on confined youth. These interventions might sound innocuous, but what do they really look like?

Inflamed Rhetoric, Senseless Killings, Light Verdicts: Grownups, “Stand Your Ground”

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males examines myths related to youth crime in light of the Michael Dunn verdict.

OP-ED: Are Teenage Crime Proneness and Adolescent Risk Taking Obsolete Myths?

Mike Males, Senior Research Fellow is Op-ed is featured in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Is "Child Prostitution" the Real "Epidemic"?

There are much larger, unmentioned "epidemics" behind what we call "child prostititution" authorities and media splashes are refusing to confront

Only Certain Young Victims Matter

Americans fixate on the 5% of killings that involve youthful gunmen and/or mass shooters and ignore the other 95%. Unfortunately, we largely dismiss the 99% of rapes that do not involve young perpetrators and social media.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden reflects on historic training schools as many bodies are found at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida.

OP-ED: Pretending to “Care About Kids”—But Really Caring About Pot

Mike Males discusses the scapegoating of youth to promote the national drug policy dialogue.

The White House Should Quit Grandstanding and Confront Serious Realities About Rape

Rape and sexual assault are too devastating for the kind of superficial exploitation the Obama adminstration, leading interests, and the press display.

Bringing the holidays into the jails

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice partnered to bring the holiday spirit into the San Francisco County Jails.

Using Community-Based Alternatives to Best Address Status Offenses

What is the best way to address the challenges of youth who break curfew, skip school, or runaway from home? Local justice leaders and policymakers would be wise to support cost-effective and successful alternatives to confinement. 

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.

Standing while black

Some have claimed the “end of racism” in this country. The most recent claim comes from the Republican Party. 

Legalizing Marijuana in California: Considerations for youth and beyond

California’s next step in drug policy reform needs to be towards nondiscriminatory legalization of medical and recreational marijuana with funding mechanisms to prevent drug abuse. Design considerations for legalization must be informed to avoid federal enforcement, discriminatory effects, and other unintended consequences.

Another Round of "Knockout Game" Idiocy

Many reporters and experts seem sadistically bent on creating fear in an aging population by manufacturing endless teen-violence panics

Fouts Springs: A Model Approach to Serving High-Risk Youth

New study documents legacy of Fouts Springs Youth Facility, a regional facility operated by Solano County that served high-risk youth in lieu of the state youth correctional facilities.

Spotlight on Solano: Youth thrive through county innovation

A closer look at Solano County's self-sufficient juvenile justice practices.

Leaders in the Field Weigh in on the Effectiveness of Diversion Programming

An article in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange examines diversion programs for justice-involved youth.

Congregate Care Facilities are a Thing of the Past

Photographer Richard Ross documents youth correctional facilities across the nation.  This blogs explores why these facilities are an outdated approach to juvenile justice.

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