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California Juvenile Arrests at 50-year Low
California Juvenile Arrests at 50-year Low Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 2, 2012
Juvenile Crime Rate At Record Low
Juvenile Crime Rate At Record Low Capital Public Radio, October 31, 2012
California and juvenile justice realignment: Solid ideas, shaky execution
While Texas and Missouri continue to make steady, substantial steps towards juvenile justice realignment (as mentioned recently by CJCJ), California seems mired in a state of indecision.  Though acknowledging the need for wholesale reform, the state lacks the political commitment to implement the policy changes necessary to accomplish it.  In 2011-2012, Governor Brown proposed full-scale juvenile justice realignment with support from the Little Hoover Commission, the Legislative Analysts…
What a Drop in Youth Crime Says About Curfews and Boot Camps: Nothing Good
What a Drop in Youth Crime Says About Curfews and Boot Camps: Nothing Good Take Part, October 30, 2012
Juvenile crime drops to record low in California
Juvenile crime drops to record low in California KPCC, October 31, 2012
Positive youth justice: investing in California's strengths
There is a shift taking place in the landscape of California's juvenile justice system.  In an effort to move away from a punitive model which has historically framed youth involved in the juvenile justice system as a liability, a new framework has emerged.  Traditionally, juvenile justice has been rooted in a deficit based approach that focuses on addressing the youth's problem behaviors such as poor decision making or addiction.  By placing emphasis on the acts of delinquency alone,…
No on Prop. 35: The wrong tool for a good cause
Proposition 35, the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (CASE) aims to address the increasing prevalence and public concern regarding human trafficking in California, specifically as it relates to the sexual exploitation of children.  It proposes to do this by greatly increasing the existing sentences and penalties for trafficking offenses, and expands sex offender registration laws, including new mandates to report email addresses and internet usernames. Prop. 35 would also broaden…
Making Sense of California Youth Sentences
Making Sense of California Youth Sentences Youth Radio, October 18, 2012
Making Sense of California Youth Sentences
Making Sense of California Youth Sentences Huffington Post, October 19, 2012
Longer sentences for youth do not improve public safety
Pathways to Desistance , a study of serious youth offenders, finds that long institutional commitments do not reduce recidivism and in fact can have the opposite effect.  The study follows over 1,300 youth convicted of serious felonies (inc. murder, robbery, and sex offenses) across the country over a seven-year period. A September 2012 factsheet  from the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) summarizes the latest findings of the study: ~ A youth's future likelihood to re-offend cannot…
Meaningful mental health outcomes for youth
In the last sixteen years, California's counties have assumed an increased responsibility for the state's justice involved youth.  The Governor and independent policy organizations such as the Legislative Analyst's Office have argued that the state's counties are better equipped than the state's youth correctional system to serve high needs youth.  This vulnerable population is often exposed to childhood trauma and violence resulting in an increased need for mental health services which can be…
Council Turns Against Curfews
Council Turns Against Curfews Jackson Free Press, October 11, 2012
California Youth Crime Plunges to All-Time Low

California Youth Crime Plunges to All-Time Low

Gateway Program provides positive path for San Bernardino County juvenile offenders
Gateway Program provides positive path for San Bernardino County juvenile offenders Redlands Daily Facts, August 26, 2012
Governor Brown can end juvenile life without parole in California
Governor Brown has an historic opportunity sitting on his desk.  For the first time four years, legislation sponsored by Senator Leland Yee (San Francisco) to eliminate the practice known as Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) has passed both Senate and Assembly floor votes.  The legislation, Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) has arrived on the Governor's desk and is awaiting his signature.  SB 9 would end the policy some have called "a living death sentence" whereby youth felons are sentenced to life in…
Federal officials with anti-violence forum see big changes in Salinas
Federal officials with anti-violence forum see big changes in Salinas Monterey County Herald, August 15, 2012
Why a Curfew in Oakland Is Still a Bad Idea
Why a Curfew in Oakland Is Still a Bad Idea East Bay Express, August 16, 2012
Still, a Promise of Reform for California's Juvenile Justice System

Still, a Promise of Reform for California's Juvenile Justice System Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, August 2, 2012

Curfew an ineffective distraction from real solutions
Curfew an ineffective distraction from real solutions Connecticut Post, July 25, 2012
Lilburn latest city to add curfew for juveniles
Lilburn latest city to add curfew for juveniles Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 22, 2012
San Francisco's Community Approach Towards "Wrapping" High-Needs Youth
San Francisco's Community Approach Towards "Wrapping" High-Needs Youth California Progress Report, July 12, 2012
For juveniles, justice is biased
For juveniles, justice is biased Politico, July 6, 2012
Legislature, Governor Brown Advance Historic Juvenile Justice Reforms

Legislature, Governor Brown Advance Historic Juvenile Justice Reforms California Progress Report, July 6, 2012

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 9, Number 1 - Spring 2012

(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The Use of War to Profit The Post-Release Employment Among Different Types of Offenders with A Different Level of Education: A 5-year Follow-up Study in Indiana The Infamous 'One-Percenters': A Review of the Criminality, Subculture and Structure of Modern Biker Gangs Juveniles Sentenced and Incarcerated as Adults: Findings From a Qualitative Analysis of Their Knowledge, Understanding, and Perceptions of Their Sentences From the editor By…

Bullying not gay teens' key problem
Bullying not gay teens' key problem Politico, May 11, 2012

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