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In this issue: 

CJCJ organizes statewide action amid DJJ’s catastrophic COVID-19 outbreak

CJCJ and our community partners highlight COVID-19 outbreaks that infected 7 out of 10 youth in the Division of Juvenile Justice. 

This graph tracks COVID-19 cases among youth in CA’s Division of Juvenile Justice.

This past month, youth at California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) were forced to endure the institution’s third serious COVID-19 outbreak. DJJ exposes a youth to additional risks every day — both from COVID-19, along with the enduring violence, isolation, and traumatic conditions that define these institutions. Our policy team has raised alarms for nearly two years. We must release these youth in danger. Unfortunately, state leaders have failed to meet this critical demand. Our statewide days of action advocated for common sense public health measures, transparency on outbreak locations, and early releases to return youth home safely. We continue our longstanding commitment to investigate the health and safety of young people at DJJ by compiling a trove of otherwise unavailable data reports.

Through social media, calls, emails, and legislative meetings, we urged Governor Newsom and other California leaders to act immediately. We successfully shed light on this under-the-radar issue, and will continue our advocacy to protect youth from another unprecedented outbreak.

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3 Cameo House families receive permanent housing

With the support of Cameo House, 3 families with a total of 7 children have secured permanent housing! 

CJCJ’s Cameo House builds a foundation for successful community reentry. The program provides housing and programming for justice-involved houseless women and their children. We are grateful to congratulate three participating families on their successful securement of permanent housing. 

Cameo House family happily stands in front of their new home!

Cameo House has had the honor to support these three families along their journeys. Two of the three mothers came to Cameo in lieu of prison. Since then, they have been reunited with their children and graduated successfully from our program! 

Our Cameo House staff’s warm and helping hands supported these housing success stories. One family is currently settled in their new apartment, while another awaits their keys! We wish the Cameo House participants and their children all the best as they make their new house a home.

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CJCJ’s Justice Policy Journal spotlights new research

Our Justice Policy Journal provides cutting-edge criminal justice research.

CJCJ’s Fall 2021 Justice Policy Journal (JPJ) includes research on discriminatory War on Drug policies, focused deterrence as a policing strategy, and the implications of visitation changes due to COVID-19. The JPJ provides policymakers and researchers with an international forum to examine current justice issues, while promoting innovative policy solutions. 

The newest issue includes research by Latocia Keyes, Robert L. Bing II, and Vance D. Keyes that challenges those racially discriminatory policies fueling the War on Drugs. Their research concludes that Black people are no more likely than white people to use drugs, yet they face more punitive systems and outcomes. As a solution, the authors suggest alternative policies and practices. All communities will then receive unbiased treatment, regardless of race and ethnicity. 

Other JPJ articles explore wide-ranging justice topics, such as the benefits of alternatives to sex offense registration and how focused deterrence can address violent crime. Click below for a deeper dive into the latest research!

Find out more in the latest issue of CJCJ’s Justice Policy Journal »