Macallair , Daniel

Daniel Macallair is the Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice and teaches in the Department of Criminal Justice Studies at San Francisco State University.

Wasting Tax Dollars: Public Relations and the California Youth Corrections System

By Daniel Macallair

After nearly 25 years in the criminal justice field, I never cease to be shocked at the volume of misinformation spewed by some correctional bureaucracies to hype their performance or justify their existence. Nowhere is this more evident than here in California, where our highly dysfunctional youth corrections system, the Division of Juvenile Justice, – formally known as the California Youth Authority – has launched a tax-payer funded campaign to polish its tarnished image.