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Happy 1st Birthday, 'Incarceration Generation!'Happy 1st Birthday, "Incarceration Generation!"

Announcements—One year ago, the Justice Policy Institute released its first book, “Incarceration Generation,” a series of essays that catalogs the 40 year rise of mass incarceration and the… Continue

Building a Bipartisan Base for Safer and Smarter Juvenile Justice Policies

Announcements—In the past two weeks, Congressional leaders took important steps to play a more catalytic role in advancing safe and smart youth justice policies, building on the bipartisan support that exists in… Continue

Virginia’s Corrections Budget Goes Over a Billion DollarsVirginia’s Corrections Budget Goes Over a Billion Dollars

Press Releases, Criminal Justice News—Despite a recent report demonstrating a flawed justice system and skewed fiscal priorities, Virginia’s budget going into effect on July 1, includes over a billion dollars in general funds for… Continue

A Week of Juvenile Justice Reform and Partnership

Announcements—This week, we traveled to Philadelphia, joining so many of our partners in juvenile justice during the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Conference.… Continue

Two New Works Focus on Closing Juvenile Institutions Profiled at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative ConferenceTwo New Works Focus on Closing Juvenile Institutions Profiled at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Conference

Announcements—When I served as general counsel, chief of staff, and interim director of the Washington, D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) -- the city's juvenile corrections agency -- I knew… Continue

Baltimore Bans the BoxBaltimore Bans the Box

Announcements—JPI and other members of the Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network joined Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby to witness Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sign new legislation to "ban… Continue

JPI Spring NewsletterJPI Spring Newsletter

JPI in the News, Announcements—A New Year, A New JPI Our Work in Maryland and Virginia Increasing Awareness Through Film Incarceration Generation Book Tour Executive… Continue

Billion Dollar Divide: Virginia's Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice ChallengeBillion Dollar Divide: Virginia's Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice Challenge

Criminal Justice (Adult), Drug Policy, Fiscal Policy, Positive Social Investments, Racial Disparities—Billion Dollar Divide points to racial disparities, skewed fiscal priorities, and missed opportunities for improvements through proposed legislation, and calls for reforms to the commonwealth… Continue

Baltimore Takes Steps to Remove Barriers for Formerly Incarcerated People

Press Releases, Announcements, Criminal Justice News—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Zerline Hughes APRIL 29, 2014 202.558.7974, 202.320.1029 cell … Continue

High Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper ReformsHigh Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms

Press Releases—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 23, 2014 CONTACT: Zerline Hughes O: 202.558.7974 x 308 M: 202.320.1029 E: zhughes@justicepolicy.org

From the Just Policy Blog - Improving Accountability, Reducing Incarceration: Shifting to Success-Oriented Federal Funding of Local Law EnforcementFrom the Just Policy Blog - Improving Accountability, Reducing Incarceration: Shifting to Success-Oriented Federal Funding of Local Law Enforcement

Announcements, Criminal Justice News—The latest Just Policy Blog: Improving Accountability, Reducing Incarceration: Shifting to Success-Oriented Federal Funding of Local Law Enforcement

From the Just Policy Blog: President’s Budget Offers Tiny Steps to Deinarcerate and Billions for Prisons and PoliceFrom the Just Policy Blog: President’s Budget Offers Tiny Steps to Deinarcerate and Billions for Prisons and Police

Announcements, Criminal Justice News—Just Policy Blog 3.6.14: Tiny Steps to Deinarcerate and Billions for Prisons and Police

From the Just Policy Blog - National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Restoring the Balance of JusticeFrom the Just Policy Blog - National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Restoring the Balance of Justice

JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News—The latest Just Policy Blog: National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Restoring the Balance of Justice

One Year Later: JPI Findings on Juvenile Confinement Reform TrendingOne Year Later: JPI Findings on Juvenile Confinement Reform Trending

Announcements, Criminal Justice News—One year ago this week, the Justice Policy Institute released two groundbreaking reports highlighting the encouraging trend toward reduced confinement of youth nationwide. In the year since the… Continue

Incarceration Generation TimelineIncarceration Generation Timeline

Criminal Justice (Adult), Drug Policy, Juvenile Justice, Positive Social Investments, Racial Disparities—The Justice Policy Institute's 2013 published "Incarceration Generation," a coffee-table book of essays detailing the rise of mass incarceration over the last 40 years, features this pull-out… Continue

Why 15 Year Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for A Crime Where No One Was HurtWhy 15 Year Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for A Crime Where No One Was Hurt

JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News—JPI Executive Director Marc Schindler was featured on KPFK in Los Angles in an interview discussing Norfolk, VA's Travion Blount currently serving six life sentences plus 118 years in prison without… Continue

Editorial Supports a Fairer Justice System in Virginia, Media Highlights Policy BriefEditorial Supports a Fairer Justice System in Virginia, Media Highlights Policy Brief

Announcements, Criminal Justice News—The Justice Policy Institute published a new policy brief on Virginia's escalating crisis within its justice system. Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair , calls the… Continue

Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and UnfairVirginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair

Criminal Justice (Adult), Drug Policy, Fiscal Policy, Juvenile Justice, Positive Social Investments, Racial Disparities—Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair points to reforms that, if implemented, would result in relief for Virginians directly impacted by the justice system and taxpayers alike.

Despite No Evidence of Positive Impact on School Safety, Justice Department Awards $45 Million to Fund Additional School Resource Officers Positions NationwideDespite No Evidence of Positive Impact on School Safety, Justice Department Awards $45 Million to Fund Additional School Resource Officers Positions Nationwide

Press Releases—Today, President Obama issued his Administration's recommendations to increase funding for school resource officers (SROs) in an effort to curb school violence – an offshoot from last… Continue

BAIL REFORM UPDATE 2013: Pretrial Services Programs Refined and Expanded Their Reach, while the Bail Industry Continued to Fight Forfeiture Collection and Non-financial ReleaseBAIL REFORM UPDATE 2013: Pretrial Services Programs Refined and Expanded Their Reach, while the Bail Industry Continued to Fight Forfeiture Collection and Non-financial Release

Criminal Justice (Adult), Fiscal Policy, Positive Social Investments, Racial Disparities—This brief provides an update on pretrial and bail reform over the last year as a follow up to JPI's 2012 Bail Month Report Series.

Mindful of the Consequences: How Improving the Mental Health of D.C. Youth Benefits the DistrictMindful of the Consequences: How Improving the Mental Health of D.C. Youth Benefits the District

Juvenile Justice, Positive Social Investments—This brief examines the intersection of youth mental health and the justice system in Washington, D.C.