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Reflecting on CJCJ’s successes in 2019

Promoting alternatives to youth incarceration in San Francisco and statewide

CJCJ and community partners play a key role in exposing the harm of youth incarceration and planning for San Francisco’s juvenile hall closure.

San Francisco youth and service providers pose with Supervisors Ronen, Walton and Haney in celebration of the decision to close the county’s juvenile hall.

It has been an exciting year for youth in San Francisco! CJCJ joined together with community partners to reform the county’s juvenile justice system and close its juvenile hall amid declines in youth crime. In June, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors responded to community calls for action and decided to close its juvenile hall by the end of 2021.

CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macalliar and Deputy Director Dinky Manek Enty serve on key committees to support the San Francisco Mayor and Board of Supervisors in transforming our juvenile justice system with an emphasis on alternatives to incarceration.

Additionally, CJCJ’s policy team released a report on the state youth correctional system and advocated for reform. The report, Unmet Promises, revealed dangerous conditions at the state-run Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Informed by the report’s findings, CJCJ co-sponsored California Senate Bill 284 by Senator Beall to incentivize counties to serve youth locally rather than relying on the state’s outdated and harmful system. While the bill was not signed into law, it provided opportunities for Californians to learn about the dangerous realities of youth incarceration.

Learn more about the realities of youth incarceration »

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders through the Next Generation Fellowship

The third-annual Next Generation Fellowship provides policy training for justice-involved leaders.

NGF 2019 fellows explore the advocacy experiences of guest panelists in Session 1.

This year, CJCJ continued its facilitation of the Next Generation Fellowship (NGF) in partnership with Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement (MILPA), a community-based organization from Salinas, California.

Our NGF program supports individuals impacted by the justice system through three 2‑day learning sessions. At last year’s final session in January, fellows presented independent projects focused on advancing racial justice, cultural healing, and policy advocacy.

I gained so much valuable information about policy advocacy from CJCJ. I also was deeply touched by the cultural connection provided by MILPA. My time with both organizations and the other fellows has been monumental for me.” ‑NGF Fellow

NGF now continues forward with its newest cohort of powerful emerging leaders! Our fellows came together from across California in December for the first of three learning sessions. In 2020, NGF will continue supporting fellows as they develop their leadership and advocacy abilities to improve community safety.

Learn more about the Next Generation Fellowship »

Providing community services for families impacted by the justice system

This year, CJCJ provided support to thousands of justice-involved individuals and their families. With your support, we can do even more in 2020.

Cameo staff, participants, and San Francisco Adult Probation Department Chief gather with holiday gifts.

CJCJ’s community-based services are dedicated to supporting youth and adults involved in the justice system. Each of our programs is tailored to meet the needs of individuals and their families in the Bay Area community.

One CJCJ program, the Children’s Waiting Rooms (CWR), provides a safe and nurturing place for children whose caregivers have business before the courts. CWR staff support families throughout the year and spread a little extra cheer during the holiday season. This month, the CWR held its annual holiday gathering to bring joy to families in need with fun games and generously-donated gifts for the children.

CWR Assistant Director Maire Larkin shows her festive spirit for the holiday season.

Through the years, CWR Assistant Director Maire Larkin has made a strong personal commitment to supporting children in CJCJ programs. CJCJ is grateful to Maire and her family members for dedicating their time and picking up gifts donated by the Family Giving Tree each year, which are distributed to children in CJCJ programs for the holidays. 

This holiday season, your gift would help CJCJ continue to provide youth and families the resources they need for a happy and healthy new year.Additionally, CJCJ would like to thank the San Francisco Adult Probation Department Chief, Karen L. Fletcher, for personally visiting CJCJ’s Cameo House to provide gifts for families in the residential alternative sentencing program.

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