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CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair speaks with KQED’s Thuy Vu and Marisa Lagos on the KQED Newsroom.

Shutdown Breakthrough, Criminal Justice Reforms, Cannabis UpdateOriginally posted in the KQED Newsroom.

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair joins Thuy Vu of the KQED Newsroom to discuss juvenile and criminal justice news, including the governor’s proposed reform to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

This proposal asks state lawmakers to move DJJ from under the umbrella of the California Department of Corrections, to the Health and Human Services Agency. 

From the article:

This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a plan to shift control of the state’s youth prisons in an effort to focus on rehabilitation instead of incarceration for juvenile offenders.

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair explains, Historically, what governors have done when faced with problems in the youth corrections system is to take the existing institutions and move them somewhere else, under the belief that somehow that will change things.

But you still have the same staff. You still have the same culture. We have enough institutional space at the county level, with facilities operating at less than half capacity… we could handle it at the local level… and then have the state act as the monitor to make sure the counties are held to standards of accountability. ”

Watch the full interview (beginning at 12:30 on the video) on the KQED Newsroom »

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