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In this issue:

  • Protect Youth at DJJ from a COVID-19 Outbreak
  • CJCJ Honors 2019 – 20 Class of the Next Generation Fellowship
  • New Research Published in CJCJ’s Justice Policy Journal

Protect Youth at DJJ from a COVID-19 Outbreak

Advocates call on Governor Newsom to protect youth from COVID-19 amid an outbreak in California’s Division of Juvenile Justice.

Outdoor recreation area of isolation unit at DJJ’s N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility.

Join CJCJ and our partners to call upon Governor Newsom to protect youth inside the state’s youth correctional institutions, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and stop the spread of COVID-19. Every day that a youth spends at DJJ exposes them to additional risk — both from COVID-19 and from the violence, isolation, and traumatic conditions that have long defined life in the state institutions.

Find out how to participate:

  • Create posts and retweet — sample post/​graphics included in the toolkit.
  • Aim to post 11am-12pm PST, and keep the conversation going all day.
  • Call the Governor and sign this petition demanding protections for DJJ youth!

California must move quickly to halt the rapid spread of COVID-19 within DJJ. As of August 6th, 64 youth and 19 staff have tested positive for the virus. A recent CJCJ report examines the dangers at DJJ, including high rates of violence and isolation. The COVID-19 pandemic increases these risks to youths’ safety and, as the virus spreads through DJJ, families are being kept in the dark.

DJJ must immediately release youth to protect the hundreds of Californians inside and the thousands beyond its walls.

Tell Governor Newsom to Act Now »

CJCJ Honors 2019 – 20 Class of the Next Generation Fellowship

The Next Generation Fellowship supports emerging justice leaders from across California.

Next Generation Fellowship Session 2 in Oakland, CA.Next Generation Fellowship Session 2 in Oakland, CA.

Last month, CJCJ and our partners at the MILPA Collective celebrated fellows’ successes in the third-annual Next Generation Fellowship (NGF), supported by The California Endowment. This leadership and policy advocacy program develops California’s emerging leaders who are formerly incarcerated or justice-involved.

NGF supports participants to drive transformative change by leveraging their personal and professional experiences. The fellowship focuses on the movement to end mass incarceration with an emphasis on advancing racial justice, cultural healing, and promoting healthy, safe communities.

Over three 2‑day sessions, thirteen selected fellows took part in activities that built community, deepened civic participation, and strengthened advocacy strategies. The 2019 – 2020 fellows brought their own strengths to this unique space and grew together as a community.

We will continue this important collaboration and announce details for our next NGF class soon. Together we must ensure that the communities most impacted by the justice system are leading the way to a safe and healthy California.

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

New Research Published in CJCJ’s Justice Policy Journal

The Justice Policy Journal provides an international forum for researchers and policymakers to examine current justice issues and promote innovative policy solutions.

CJCJ recently published a new issue of the Justice Policy Journal (JPJ), which includes a wide selection of engaging articles promoting innovative approaches to community health and safety. The JPJ is made possible through the diligent work of CJCJ Senior Research Fellow Randall Shelden, Ph.D who serves as the lead editor for this journal.

Articles presented within this issue of the JPJ examine a variety of topics, including urban demolition and juvenile curfew violations. Additionally, one study focuses on pre-trial detention of remanded populations in Trinidad and Tobago, conducted from a rights-based, socio-legal, sustainable development perspective. Another article explores attitudes of the public toward people convicted of sex offenses, surveying a national sample while making distinctions on type of offense to gain a deeper understanding of public perception.

We hope the JPJ’s careful analysis will educate policymakers, advocates, and the general public on an array of criminal justice issues as well as balanced policy solutions.

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