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The Kids Are All Right (and These Surprising Statistics Prove It)

CJCJ's Mike Males pens an op-ed for Yes! Magazine detailing positive trends among American youth, such as declining crime, increasing education, and greater political tolerance. 

Failed Juvenile Justice System Costs California More Than Dollars

CJCJ's Brian Goldstein pens an op-ed for Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) highlighting the overwhelming fiscal and social costs of juvenile incarceration to youth and the community. 

KPFA 94.1FM Berkeley: CJCJ refutes political rhetoric on immigration and crime

Berkeley radio station, KPFA 94.1 FM, interviewed CJCJ's Mike Males about the findings of his recent report "Refuting Fear: Immigration, Youth, and California's Stunning Declines in Crime and Violence." 

“Teen Brain” Non-Science Debunked

Recent scientific reviews have debunked neurological studies which found youth to be more crime prone, but statistical realities showing dramatic drops in youth crime were demolishing such claims for decades. 

States Must Move Funding from Correctional Facilities to Community-Based Treatment

CJCJ's Erica Webster pens an op-ed for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE). 

Who's behind the rise in crime? Could be Trump’s constituency: older whites

CJCJ's Mike Males pens an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times including his data showing that crime among older white people has increased and discouraging demographic scapegoating. 

New report shows fewer juveniles are being arrested for violent felonies

KBFX Bakersfield interviews CJCJ's Mauren Washburn about a new CJCJ report on dramatic decreases in California's youth crime. 

New Report: Violent Crime Arrests of Youth in California Expected to Decline Through 2020

CJCJ's new research report predicts ongoing declines in the violent felony arrest rate of California's youth through 2020.

August News from CJCJ: Celebrating the life of Juidell Preston

CJCJ remembers change-maker, Juidell Preston,  youth clients learn new skills in the High Sierras, and new CJCJ reports address juvenile justice issues in California.

CJCJ in the News: Milwaukee Is Latest City to Use Curfew to Tamp Down Unrest

The Associated Press interviews Mike Males, who criticizes Milwaukee's implementation of youth curfews after protests in the city became destructive. 

Fact Sheet: California's Youth and Young Adult Arrest Rates Continue a Historic Decline

A new fact sheet from CJCJ shows that, in 2015, arrests of young people under age 25 dropped below 2014 levels and continue a decades-long trend of decline

Failure After Farrell: Violence and Inadequate Mental Health Care in California's Division of Juvenile Justice

CJCJ's new report finds, in California's state youth corrections system, violence has increased, gang culture is pervasive, and mental health treatment is at times nonexistent.

California legislature hears pros and cons of statewide sentencing reform

Criminal and juvenile justice reform advocates testified in support of Governor Brown's ballot initiative Proposition 57, which would roll back disastrous, pro-mass incarceration policy.

Crime and Violence by San Francisco Youth Plunges 80 percent in Last 20 Years

But strangely, youth entering the system are twice as likely to be incarcerated today.

Justice by Geography: Do Politics Influence the Prosecution of Youth as Adults?

CJCJ’s new report finds that counties with Republican district attorneys are more likely to directly file youth in adult, criminal court.

CJCJ in the news: Study, Certain CA Counties Charge Youth as Adults More Often

Public News Service interviews CJCJ's Maureen Washburn, co-author of a new report analyzing the prosecution of youth as adults. 

New Report! Direct File Rates Arbitrarily Rising for Youth of Color

A new report examining the prosecution of youth as adults in California documents variations by county in the use of “direct file” and its disproportionate impact on youth of color.

Should Young People Be Banished from Public?

It’s for their own protection, leaders say, claiming “studies” show youth-control laws “prevent crime” and “save lives.” But do they? A critique of recent studies is revealing.

California Reforms Creating County-Based Systems for 21st Century

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair writes an op-ed in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) on how California's plummeting youth crime rates creates an opportunity for more substantive reform

CJCJ in the news: Kids Are Becoming Less Violent. Adults Not So Much.

Mother Jones focuses on Mike Males research regarding the detrimental effects of childhood lead poisoning on crime trends. 

CJCJ in the news: The Stunning Facts on Crime and Imprisonment Everyone Is Ignoring

In article written for the Washington Monthly, CJCJ's Mike Males points out major changes in crime trends and asks why they are being ignored by criminal justice interest groups. 

CJCJ in the news: Department of Juvenile Justice: Empower or end?

The Daily Journal's L.J. Williamson tackles the question of closing California's state youth correctional facilities, and quotes CJCJ's Daniel Macallair on why local facilities are the superior option. 

The L.A. teen apocalypse that never came

CJCJ's Mike Males pens an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times including his data showing how youth crime in Los Angeles has decreased dramatically. 

JJIE: Juvenile Justice Can Be Reformed Without Invoking Old Prejudices

Individualized justice, economic equality and factual accuracy should supply the science driving reform, not century-old biodeterminism.

Why has crime plummeted?

Does the stunning increase in educational achievement among young people over the last 20 years explain why nearly every “adolescent risk” (homicide, drug abuse, and violent death) has plummeted to record-low levels?

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