Dan Macallair

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Practitioner-in-Residence, CJ

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Thursday: 17:00-19:00
Friday: 15:15-16:00
Saturday: 12:30-14:00


Daniel Macallair is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at SFSU where he teaches courses on adult and juvenile corrections policy.  He is also the Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), a nonprofit organization founded in San Francisco, Calif. in 1986.  CJCJ conducts research, policy analysis, and program development to promote a fair and humane justice system by reducing incarceration and criminalization. 
As one of the nation’s experts on criminal justice reform, Mr. Macallair has been a leader in developing programs to reduce incarceration and he and CJCJ have received an abundance of national recognition and leadership awards from state governments, the United States Department of Justice, and Harvard University.  Mr. Macallair has been personally involved in leading criminal justice reform efforts in the States of Hawaii, Arizona, California, and, at the municipal level, in the District of Columbia and San Francisco. In 2016, Mr. Macallair received the Advocate of the Year award from the Pacific Juvenile Defender Association for his continued efforts to expose conditions in California’s youth corrections system.  He is a consultant to criminal and juvenile justice systems around the country and frequently provides expert assistance and testimony on correctional practices and juvenile justice policy.  
Teaching Interests
Mr. Macallair teaches courses in California adult and youth corrections policy, juvenile justice, community corrections and sentencing policy
Research Interests 
His research interest include the analysis, development, management, and implementation of criminal and juvenile justice reform strategies.   
Mr. Macallair is the author of numerous publications, including his most recent book, After the Doors Were Locked: A History of Youth Corrections in California and the Origins of Twenty-First Century Reform. Roman and Littlefied.