Oakland’s Successful Gun Violence Strategy

This paper describes Oakland, California’s Gun Violence Reduction Strategy, also known as Ceasefire, which has contributed to five consecutive years of reductions in fatal and non-fatal shootings in Oakland, reaching the second lowest level in the last 47 years in 2017. The purpose of this paper is to accurately describe the Oakland Strategy – it’s values, components and mechanics.

Guide to Youth Justice Advocacy in California

Developed for the Sierra Health Foundation’s Positive Youth Justice Initiative, the Guide to Youth Justice Advocacy in California was written for justice reform advocates in the state. The Guide describes the decision-making officials and bodies in California and how to effectively advocate for reform, including successful examples.

Four Proven Violence Reduction Strategies

The Four Proven Violence Reduction Strategies was written in partnership with Cities United, a national initiative of Mayors who have pledged to cut Black male homicide rates in half. This publication provides brief profiles of four effective violence reduction strategies, including: Cure Violence (street outreach); Hospital-based Violence Intervention; Group Violence Reduction Strategy (Ceasefire); and the Richmond, CA Office of Neighborhood Safety (Advance Peace).

Treat Kids as Kids

This report provides clear and compelling research on why children should not be placed in the adult criminal justice system. It was written for the California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice’s campaign to end prosecutors’ authority to make unilateral decisions to charge children as adults, known as Direct File. The CAYCJ campaign culminated in the passage of Proposition 57, which eliminated Direct File in California.