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Reengaging disconnected youth in a tough economy
While effects of the recent recession and slow economic rebound on the U.S. labor market have been well documented, less attention has been paid specifically to youth unemployment and its potential long-term impacts .  The rate of employment for 16-19 year-olds in the U.S. has dropped 42% since 2000, leaving 3 of 4 such youth jobless.  Even brief spells of youthful unemployment can cause what the Economist calls "wage scars "--decreased earning power lasting well into workers' adult years. …
SF juvenile probation chief explores arming officers
SF juvenile probation chief explores arming officers Bay Citizen, December 21, 2012
Who's really murdering our children--and why won't we talk about it?
President Obama, in the wake of the massacre of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, says "we are not doing enoug to protect our children ." He's right, far more than he acknowledges.  How can we possibly "do enough" when the president, interests, and media commentators won't even talk about what the real dangers to our kids are?Here's a scary fact neither the president nor other commentators will contemplate, because it's just too…
American gun debate stifled by myth, dogma, and resistance to crucial information
During Barack Obama's presidency, 3,000 American children and teenagers were murdered by violence inflicted by their parents and caretakers --a toll equal to last Friday's gun massacre at Newtown, Connecticut's, Sandy Hook Elementary School every 10 days. An equal number of children were killed by parents too addicted, mentally ill, or uncaring to provide vital care. Has Obama eulogized these thousands of young victims--far more than are murdered in schools, colleges, theaters, and malls--as…
Gun nuts run amok
This past summer a young man named James Holmes bought four guns at local shops and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet in the two months prior to opening up inside a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.   Now we have still another man (they always seem to be men) going berserk in an elementary school in Connecticut , killed at least 30 people, 20 of them children.   One recent report noted that "the gun murder rate in the U.S. is almost 20 times higher than the next 22 richest…
Lead and criminality: Is the EPA America's top crime-buster?
Why has crime, especially younger-age crime, plunged so dramatically in virtually every jurisdiction over the last 20 years regardless of its anti-crime policy or non-policy? We looked at standard explanations for the startling fact that today's California and national youth and young adults represent the least criminal and violent generation ever reliably assessed. None suffice. Most social and institutional conditions thought to generate more crime have not improved. Youth poverty rates…
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates Huffington Post, December 12, 2012
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study The Inquisitr, December 11, 2012
Charging Youth as Adults: What's the Impact?
The juvenile justice system works best when it rehabilitates youthful offenders and gives them the life skills to succeed.  To solely emphasize punishment, neither serves the best interest of the youth nor of society-at-large.  However, there remains an underlying tension between punishment and rehabilitation, specifically when the youth is charged with a particularly offensive crime. Given these circumstances, states across the country have transfer procedures in place, which can transfer…
CJCJ's Kimo Uila presents at TCWF Conference, Dec. 13
On December 12-13, 2012, The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) is holding its annual Violence Prevention and California Peace Prize conference in Los Angeles, CA. CJCJ's Director of Juvenile Justice Services, Kimo Uila , will be presenting on Thursday, December 13, as a panelist on Concurrent Workshop III: Ensuring Public Safety Through Successful Juvenile Re-Entry . This panel will explore juvenile re-entry programs in three major counties in the state: Los Angeles, San Francisco and…
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing California Progress Report, December 10, 2012
Plunge in black-youth crime threatens politics of scapegoating
FBI and California statistics showing a huge drop in violence and crime by young people of all races--particularly African Americans--to record low levels threatens the simplistic, often crazed gun-violence debate.    The desperate need of interest groups for ever-rising epidemics of youthful gun violence was epitomized yet again by sports pundit Bob Costas's irresponsible commentaries (borrowed secondhand from pundit Jason Whitlock with no evident fact-checking by either) berating "gun…
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, December 7, 2012
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California Nation of Change, November 26, 2012
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County Redwood City-Woodside Patch, December 5, 2012
San Francisco Youth, 2012: Our Least Violent Generation?
San Francisco Youth, 2012: Our Least Violent Generation?
Juvenile Crime at All-Time Low, Leaving Empty Beds at Juvenile Hall
Juvenile Crime at All-Time Low, Leaving Empty Beds at Juvenile Hall Fair Oaks-Carmichael Patch, November 28, 2012
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study Huffington Post, November 29, 2012
California Youth Crime Plunge Challenges Conventional Thinking
California Youth Crime Plunge Challenges Conventional Thinking Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 21, 2012
Mapping the landscape of California's juvenile justice population
California is a very diverse state, with 58 counties potentially acting as "laboratories" of policy innovation in the field of juvenile justice.  County and state-level practitioners, and policy makers can learn from these successes and model similar programs in their respective jurisdictions.  However, these same counties also vary in their ability to address complex pressing challenges, specifically as relates to youth offenders.  County-level data-analysis is a necessary building block in…
Monterey County youth arrests down, but incarceration up
Monterey County youth arrests down, but incarceration up Monterey Herald, November 15, 2012
County-by-county youth crime trends defy conventional theory
Yesterday, CJCJ launched its California juvenile justice interactive map , displaying a plethora of data regarding local youth arrest and confinement practices by county. This is particularly pertinent given that California's statewide trends are so extraordinary: Youth crime in California is at its lowest level since statewide statistics were first compiled in 1954. The county-by-county data paint a more nuanced picture of juvenile justice in California. Among its 58 counties, the…
"Crossover Youth": The Intersection of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

"Crossover Youth": The Intersection of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 15, 2012

NEW: juvenile justice interactive map
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2012 CJCJ's California Sentencing Institute releases the  juvenile justice interactive map , includes county-by-county data visualizations San Francisco, CA :  Today CJCJ launched its new juvenile justice interface for the California Sentencing Institute (CASI) . The new juvenile justice map features interactive filters, county comparisons, geographic visualizations, and fully downloadable datasets.  Please explore the new juvenile justice map at…
Former 'SYTYCD' Performer Helps At-Risk Youth
Former 'SYTYCD' Performer Helps At-Risk Youth Fox 40, November 2, 2012

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