Coalitions and National Initiatives
In order to most effectively pursue positive reforms in the justice system, JPI participates in a number of coalitions and initiatives to collaborate with other advocates, researchers and practitioners. The efforts of these coalitions have lead to important changes in DC and in statehouses across the country.
- Models for Change is a national initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to accelerate reform of juvenile justice systems across the country. Focused on efforts in select states, the initiative aims to create replicable models for reform that effectively hold young people accountable for their actions, provide for their rehabilitation, protect them from harm, increase their life chances, and manage the risk they pose to themselves and to public safety. JPI is a member of the National Resource Bank, providing expertise on communications to the initiative. For more information, visit www.modelsforchange.net.
- JPI is a member organization of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), a collaborative array of youth- and family- serving, social justice, law enforcement, corrections, and faith-based organizations, working to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve public safety by promoting fair and effective policies, practices and programs for youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. JPI staff serve on the Steering Committee of the coalition. The coalition meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm in Washington, DC and the meeting is open to the public.
- JPI staff serve on the Steering Committee of the Youth Justice Project, a DC Lawyers for Youth initiative to organize youth-serving organizations in Washington D.C. to speak with one voice on juvenile justice issues. The Youth Justice project provides advocacy and policy support for juvenile justice reform. For additional information, visit: www.dcly.org.
- JPI is a member of the Open Society Institute's Justice Roundtable. Initiated in 2002, it is a network of advocacy organizations that span the political and theological spectrum, yet share common goals toward rational reform of the U.S. criminal justice system. Among the participants in the Justice Roundtable are criminal justice organizations, civil and human rights groups, service provider organizations, faith-based groups, law enforcement professionals, restorative justice and victim groups, academics, and previously incarcerated people. The Roundtable meets as a general body on a quarterly basis to share information, network, and strategize on criminal justice priorities. JPI is an active member of the State Issues Working Group.
- JPI is a member of The Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network is comprised of service providers, advocacy organizations and individuals who have direct contact with Maryland’s criminal justice system (e.g. formerly-incarcerated people, individuals with criminal records and their families). Our mission is to share information and support each other’s policy reform movements to create a fair criminal justice system and second chances for individuals who leave the system.
JPI works in partnership with Gambill on Justice, an organization led by former OSI Fellow and veteran, Guy Gambill, which provides online resources and references pertinent to veterans-in-justice. The site also features unique reference banks on justice in Latin America, family violence and the war on drugs, language and justice and data privacy and the process of advocacy. For more information, visit: www.gambillonjustice.com.