About Lizzie Buchen

Lizzie Buchen is a member of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) policy team. She holds an M.S. in neuroscience from UCSF and has worked in journalism and prisoner rehabilitation. She is also a volunteer adviser for the San Quentin News, a monthly newspaper produced by prisoners at San Quentin State Prison.

Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment


Lizzie Buchen: Long prison sentences endanger the public by inhaling funds that could otherwise be used for addressing the root causes of crime.

What Crime Victims Want

crime victims

Lizzie Buchen: Not only do victims experience anxiety, stress, and fear, but they also have difficulty accessing services that can help them deal with this psychological aftermath.

Brown’s Revised Budget Discriminates Against Mentally Ill

parole agent

Lizzie Buchen: The bill stigmatizes people who have suffered from mental illness by shackling them with harsher supervision, and unreasonably assumes they will receive better supervision and treatment from the state than from the community.

Gov. Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety

overcrowded prison

Lizzie Buchen: Keeping low-risk inmates behind bars does not enhance public safety; in fact, doing so may endanger the public, as excessive prison terms hamper reentry, damage families, and weaken communities.

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