Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization whose mission is to reduce society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems.

In pursuit of this mission, CJCJ provides direct services, technical assistance, and policy analysis that work in unison to promote a balanced and humane criminal justice system designed to reduce incarceration and enhance long-term public safety.

Direct Services

CJCJ has numerous model direct service programs that cater to both adult and juvenile offenders at various stages of the justice system. These programs serve Bay Area residents and operate in collaboration with San Francisco’s criminal justice stakeholders and other community-based organizations. 

Technical Assistance

CJCJ provides technical assistance to counties and states to develop methods to reduce the number of adults or youth they incarcerate. Additionally, the Sentencing Service Program (SSP).  provides expert analysis and assistance on a variety of individual criminal and juvenile justice cases.

Policy Analysis

CJCJ conducts data-driven research and policy analysis  promoting effective approaches to criminal and juvenile justice policies. CJCJ has published numerous reports on topics ranging from juvenile justice reform to analyses of drug policy enforcement. In 2009, CJCJ developed the California Sentencing Institute as the foundation for data- and research-driven commentary on the broader public safety dialogue.