California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

The prison population & crime rates across #California have declined, yet state spending on incarceration has grown by 32% since 2007. 📈 “We are spending too much on our prison system because our justice system has become convoluted with excessive sentences, countless crimes and arbitrary sentence enhancements.” When we spend over $80,000/year to keep one individual behind bars and less than $12,000/year to support a K-12 student,…

Finding College by Way of Prison

Finding College by Way of Prison

While California continues pushing our criminal justice system down the rehabilitative path to reduce recidivism and improve public safety, are we doing enough? How can we ensure that resources we're advocating for find their way to the unserved and underserved? "We have the power to rehabilitate and educate. Education is empowering. But the system is like Spiderman right now. They have the power, but they don’t want to…

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia's DA, #LarryKrasner, just issued a revolutionary guiding document that will likely go down in history as the single largest policy shift for #CJReform. The first sentence cuts through decades of systemic failure: “These policies are an effort to end mass incarcerations & bring balance back to sentencing.” To summarize the five-page, MUST READ document, points of change mostly involve instructing prosecutors to use critical thinking skills, data, & alternative…

Example of Community-based Probation Success Can Make Long, Hard Journey Worthwhile

Example of Community-based Probation Success Can Make Long, Hard Journey Worthwhile

Our society has fallen into a vicious trap of dealing with troubled youth by sending them away, removing the "threat" from the community as a lazy response for public safety. But now, a more effective solution has become clear. Through collective efforts in counties across the nation, probation, the court, court partners, & community partners are choosing to support home-based trauma-focused therapeutic programs aimed at stabilizing youth in…

Report: Plan to Expand California Youth Prisons Needs Tinkering

Report: Plan to Expand California Youth Prisons Needs Tinkering

A report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office raised some doubts about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to see more older youth and young adults served in the state youth prison system administered by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).Read the article here.…

Listen to Ear Hustle Season 2!

Listen to Ear Hustle Season 2!

“Firsts” in prison can be especially memorable: the first time you meet your cellie, or leave the prison for medical treatment, or run your first marathon. Alongside these tales, Adnan Khan shares the story of his first visit from his mom, 13 years after he was incarcerated. Listen here.…

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Cares for Youth, Cares Call Tuesday with Laura Sheppard, Criminal Defense Attorney Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8 PM Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882# Ms. Sheppard will join CARES for Youth host, Dennis P. Flynn, on a CARES Call that employs an interview format to learn her perspective on the impact of changes in California law for youth serving extreme sentences. We will cover topics ranging parole hearing preparation and…

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

While the US imposes an age of majority on youthful offenders at the age of 18, many other nations rely on higher ages such as 20 or 21 to demarcate the separation of juvenile offenders and juvenile correctional systems from their adult counterparts. Read the article from The Crime Report here.…

Don’t fall for this trick that would gut criminal justice reform

Don’t fall for this trick that would gut criminal justice reform

A letter to the editor published the Sacramento Bee from Governor Jerry Brown who is responding to the ballot initiative that aims to gut the widely popular Proposition 57. Just a scare tactic Re “Keep violent sex offenders locked up” (sacbee.com, Feb. 22): Don’t be fooled by Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s latest ploy to scare Californians into supporting his cynical and deeply flawed ballot initiative, which would gut…