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Assembly Select Committee Hears from Youth of Color

Community groups, advocate organizations, and young people of color who compose the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color meet with legislators, discuss policy, and request that community leaders have input in decisions affecting their neighborhoods.

Enough Nonsense on Youthful (In)competence

Pre-judging the individual guilt of the Santa Cruz 15-year-old accused of murdering a child is not just, and judging all 15-year-olds as incompetent is not science. 

CJCJ in the news: As California becomes more diverse, youth arrests continue to plummet

Sacramento News & Review interviews CJCJ's Mike Males on his report "The Plummeting Arrest Rates of California's Children" detailing the dramatic decline in youth arrests over the past 30 years.

CJCJ in the news: Like Our Vets, Justice-Involved Youth Are Survivors of War

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) publishes an op-ed written by CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani. 

Disgraceful Rhetoric from Baltimore

Rhetoric blaming youth for destruction in Baltimore reinforces America’s troubling historical narrative against the young and poor.

Preteen crime is disappearing from California

Arrests of Californians under age 12 fell by a staggering 93 percent over the last 30 years — and no one seems to have noticed.

CJCJ in the news: Juvenile arrests plunge by half

The Orange County Register highlights CJCJ's research on youth crime trends. 

Funding Local Juvenile Facilities that Meet the Needs of the Future

A tour of Stanislaus Juvenile Correctional Facility provides an example of previous SB 81 spending and highlights some important considerations for the next round of funding over the coming months.

California teenagers: No longer “crime prone”

California’s revolutionary plunge in youth crime and rise in older-age crime threaten established interests still feeding on fear of youth.

California's Radical Youth Trends

Huge reductions in youth incarceration, huge increases in populations of youth of color — and huge reductions in youth crime. Who knew?

CJCJ in the news: You can’t blame immigrants for gun violence

CJCJ's Mike Males on the truth about gun violence, gun control, and youth of color.

A New Approach for Juvenile Facilities in California

California's Board of State and Community Corrections makes critical decisions on the future of the state's justice-involved youth — and the public is beginning to pay attention.

Who's Really Dying from Guns in the United States?

32,351 Americans died from gunfire in 2011. Nearly half of them were older white men shooting themselves. 

CJCJ in the news: Committee backs "Audrie's Law" after provision removed

Under pressure from CJCJ and other youth advocates, controversial bill removes "mandatory minimum sentencing" provision.

Keep mandatory minimums out of the juvenile justice system

SB 838 would establish the first mandatory minimum sentences in California's juvenile justice system. These sentences are punitive, reject the notion of rehabilitation, and do not prevent crime. Help us stop this bill from becoming law!

Apartheid Schooling

Senior Researcher Randy Shelden discusses wealth and income inequality in this CJCJ blog.

CJCJ in the news: California proposals aim to help young offenders

CJCJ's Lizzie Buchen discusses California's trend towards juvenile justice reform in the Associated Press.

Forgotten Voices: Oakland's youth call for no more violence

CURYJ, the Pacific Institute, and CJCJ partner to highlight the negative impact of policing on youth and alternative approaches that promote stronger, healthier, and safer communities.

Building a New Juvenile Justice System

The Board of State and Community Corrections is responsible for allocating $80 million dollars in juvenile facility construction funding. It is time to use this fiscal allocation differently and change the shape of California's juvenile justice system.

California bill looks to send more youth to adult prison

SB 838 could dramatically increase the number of youth tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system. CJCJ strongly opposes this bill because it fails to deter crime, denies young people opportunities for education and rehabilitation, and threatens public safety.

OP-ED: Leaving the Past Behind: Sealing Juvenile Records

CJCJ's Antonia Cartwright discusses the positive impact of sealing juvenile records in a recent Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Op-ed.

Why not a war on child poverty?

Senior Research Fellow Mike Males is featured in Reuters discussing youth crime and poverty.

CJCJ in the news: 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.

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