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Improving Young Adult Justice

Roughly 1 in 5 people incarcerated in America’s prisons and jails are between the ages of 18 and 24 – about half of whom are young people of color. With over 400,000 young adults in America’s prisons and jails, it is clear that we cannot increase public safety and lower prison populations without addressing the unique needs of 18-24 year olds in the adult justice system. JPI organized two roundtable discussions of advocates, policy-makers, practitioners, funders, and directly impacted individuals and families from across the country to discuss the opportunities, and the challenges in developing a better approach to meeting the needs of justice involved 18-24 year olds. Click here to read what JPI learned from the roundtables in the policy report, Improving Approaches to Serving Young Adults in the Justice System, and access other resources related to the report, such as summaries and our social media toolkit to join the #YoungAdultJustice conversation online. 

Baltimore's cash bail system traps thousands, propelling the poor deeper into povertyBaltimore's cash bail system traps thousands, propelling the poor deeper into poverty

JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News—Citing JPI's Bail Fail.

A Focus on Young Adults Will Help Create Safer Communities and Reduce the Use of IncarcerationA Focus on Young Adults Will Help Create Safer Communities and Reduce the Use of Incarceration

JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News—Marc Schindler discusses JPI's newest report on young adult justice.

Time is right for criminal justice reformsTime is right for criminal justice reforms

JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News—Jordan Richardson of the Charles Koch Institute cites JPI.

Maryland's unconstitutional bail realityMaryland's unconstitutional bail reality

JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News—Maryland's bail system is unconstitutional and can't be allowed to continue.

Study: Maryland spending too much locking people up; Not enough on alternative programsStudy: Maryland spending too much locking people up; Not enough on alternative programs

JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News—JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler joins Fox Baltimore to discuss reinvestment in Maryland.

‘Expansive’ Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Close to Law in DC‘Expansive’ Juvenile Justice Reform Bill Close to Law in DC

JPI in the News, Criminal Justice News—JPI's Marc Schindler weighs in.

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Read JPI's newest report Defining Violence: Reducing Incarceration by Rethinking America's Approach to Violence for more information

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