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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.

OP-ED: New Hope – Health Care for Justice-Involved Youth

An Op-ed by CJCJ staff discussing how the ACA, often referred to as Obamacare, will pave the way for justice-involved youth to have access to high-quality reentry and aftercare services.

The Unnecessary Detention of Undocumented Youth

The intersection of the immigration and juvenile justice systems hampers reform efforts and denies appropriate treatment to undocumented youth.

Op-ed: The myth of youthful drug offenders
An Op-ed by Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, featured in Reuters on August 19, 2013.
The Unnecessary Detention of Undocumented Youth

Fact Sheet on law enforcement responses to ICE hold requests for youth in California, Oct. 2009 to Feb. 2013.

Why the Gigantic, Decades-Long Drop in Black Youth Crime Threatens Major Interests

How can such an encouraging development as a massive drop in youth crime be treated as such bad news that no one will even talk about it? It's worse than that: politicians, crime lobbies, and the news media needs black youths to be murderous thugs.

Mr. President (and Bill O’Reilly): How Did Trayvon Martin “Mess Up”?

Statistical bigotry is just bigotry. Though selectively applied to create fear toward young black men, it can be used to stigmatize any group in society, as illustrated here.

Op-ed: Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment

More than 2,500 Californians are serving life sentences in prison for crimes they committed when they were younger than 18. At San Quentin, it is all too common to come across young men serving 35 or 40 years-to-life for crimes they committed before they were old enough to drive — meaning they would be in their 50s before their first parole hearings.

Nigeria’s evolving juvenile justice system

An article by Iyabode Ogunniran discussing the evolution of juvenile justice in Nigeria was released in the Spring 2013 edition of the Justice Policy Journal today. 

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.

Counties’ continued decline in reliance on state youth facilities

CJCJ’s California Sentencing Institute (CASI) released its 2011 juvenile justice data today, showing a continued trend away from state confinement and towards community-based options for high-needs youth.

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