About Brian Goldstein

Brian Goldstein is a policy analyst for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.

Failed Juvenile Justice System Costs California More Than Dollars

$271,318. That’s how much California expects to spend per youth this year on its failed state youth correctional facilities, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). This amount of money could drastically improve a young person’s education, well-being and development opportunities. To give perspective, a four-year undergraduate education at Stanford University costs approximately $276,000. Instead, the money is being squandered on DJJ’s dangerous and poorly designed facilities, which have … [Read more...]

California Must Prioritize In-Person Visits

There are more than 2.2 million people in America’s prisons and jails, which is unparalleled by any other country. Mass incarceration policies have seared through our communities and families, with multi-generational collateral consequences, such as inhibiting economic mobility, fostering political disengagement, and separating parents from their children and families. In fact, there are millions of young people who have had an incarcerated parent – ChildTrends.org estimates about 5 million. For … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Successfully Reform Criminal Justice

proved to be a significant year for criminal and juvenile justice reform in California. Landmark legislation was passed in SB 260 (Hancock), allowing individuals to petition for a resentencing hearing after serving at least 15 years of a life sentence for an offense committed while a youth. The state also passed AB 218 (Dickinson) that addressed employment discrimination for justice-involved individuals. This policy provides formerly incarcerated individuals a second chance at success during … [Read more...]

Justice-Involved Californians Deserve a Second Chance at Success

Applying for a job is tough, particularly in this challenging economic climate. All applicants struggle with intense competition for a select number of positions. Frustration and anxiety are common and understandable emotions. For those Californians with a criminal history, the obstacles for getting employment often appear insurmountable. Job applications often ask individuals to indicate if they have been convicted of a crime. This seemingly disqualifies justice-involved individuals who may … [Read more...]

Governor Brown, California Legislature Squeezed on Criminal Justice Reforms

September is a pivotal time in California politics as state legislation must pass out of both houses of the legislature before the September 13 deadline and then Governor Brown has until October 13 by which he can sign or veto these bills. Both the legislature and Governor Brown are currently reviewing a wide range of juvenile and criminal justice policies that will have a long-term impact on the state. California continues to work through the implications of Realignment, and develop a safe … [Read more...]