In the Field
States and localities play the largest role in incarceration in the United States. For that reason, JPI works directly with policymakers, administrators, and advocates in reforming their juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. JPI is in the process of expanding its work to include additional states and partners.
View all of JPI's research tagged with State & Local Policy.
Below are highlights of our current work in the field:
JPI has worked in Alabama since 2003, when we produced a report on overcrowding in the women’s prison. Our onsite consulting to the Department of Corrections and the Board of Pardons and Paroles over the past few years has included continued research and analysis and technical assistance to both agencies aimed at safely reducing incarceration rates. Currently, we are engaged in an analysis of parole supervision policies and practices.
Working with researchers at Georgetown and the University of Hawai‘i, as well as advocates and administrators in Hawai‘i, JPI spent close to three years to produce a groundbreaking report on the disproportionate numbers of Native Hawaiians in that state’s criminal justice system.
JPI has produced numerous reports related to the criminal justice system in Maryland, particularly as they impact Baltimore city. JPI staff provide ongoing technical assistance to the Baltimore Criminal Justice Grassroots Advocacy Network and its members. We will be producing a research report in conjunction with the Maryland Disability Law Center in late 2011.
- Read reports and briefs related to our work in Maryland.
MODELS FOR CHANGE
Sixteen states have been involved in the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Initiative to reform juvenile justice systems. JPI provides trainings and in-state assistance to the four primary sites, and also manages the Initiative’s national online communications.
- Visit the Models for Change website.