A National Agenda for Criminal Justice Reform: Not Just Second Chances, but a Rational First Response

During a powerful speech to the NAACP convention earlier this summer, President Obama outlined sweeping reforms to ensure our justice system is more fair and effective. He will be the first President to visit a federal prison, and he commuted more sentences in a single day since Lyndon B. Johnson.

Click here to read Marc Schindler's piece orignially published by the Huffington Post.

Increase in Homicides Unlikely to Derail Juvenile Justice Reforms, Observers SayIncrease in Homicides Unlikely to Derail Juvenile Justice Reforms, Observers Say

Criminal Justice News—An increase in homicides in major cities across the country this year is unlikely to hamper… Continue

The Short, Hard Life Of Freddie GrayThe Short, Hard Life Of Freddie Gray

JPI in the News—Baltimore burned after Gray's death because his demise was emblematic.

The Perils of ProbationThe Perils of Probation

Criminal Justice News—Letter in response to the New York Times piece On Probation, Lives Can Run Far Off Track .

Advocates, Analysts See Pivotal Moment in Push for ReformsAdvocates, Analysts See Pivotal Moment in Push for Reforms

Criminal Justice News—President Obama’s speech on criminal justice reform last month included a familiar refrain… Continue

After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?

Criminal Justice News—VA's parole system has become a topic of conversation in recent months, the result of a new… Continue

Gov. Hogan announces 'immediate' closure of Baltimore jailGov. Hogan announces 'immediate' closure of Baltimore jail

Criminal Justice News—On Thursday, July 30, Gov. Hogan announced the immediate closing of the Baltimore City Detention… Continue

State to save up to $15M annually by closing Baltimore City Detention CenterState to save up to $15M annually by closing Baltimore City Detention Center

Criminal Justice News—The state of MD will save $10 million-$15 million per year by closing Baltimore City Detention… Continue

Statement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of closing Baltimore jailStatement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of closing Baltimore jail

Announcements—Statement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of closing Baltimore jail

How to Stop Jail SuicidesHow to Stop Jail Suicides

Criminal Justice News—Sandra Bland’s death was preventable on multiple levels. A jail architect explains how design… Continue

Big business built the prison state. Why should we trust them to tear it down?Big business built the prison state. Why should we trust them to tear it down?

Criminal Justice News—The Koch brothers have connections to lobbying groups that harmed inmates, yet they are becoming… Continue

Prisons, Community Corrections, Rehabilitation and Re-integrationPrisons, Community Corrections, Rehabilitation and Re-integration

Criminal Justice News—JPI's Jason Ziedenberg discusses prisons, community corrections, and rehabilitation and… Continue

Problems With Parole In AmericaProblems With Parole In America

Criminal Justice News—Criminal justice reform experts discuss problems with parole in America on the Kojo show.

The Dark Realities Of Being A Minor in PrisonThe Dark Realities Of Being A Minor in Prison

Criminal Justice News—Marc Schindler, JPI's executive director, discusses the realities of being a minor in prison on… Continue

Ex-convicts struggle to find work in BaltimoreEx-convicts struggle to find work in Baltimore

Criminal Justice News—A Marketplace analysis found the unemployment rate in Sandtown-Winchester is 22 percent.

Rethink incarceration in VirginiaRethink incarceration in Virginia

Criminal Justice News—Amanda Petteruti, Justice Policy Institute's senior research associate, wrote a letter to the… Continue

Statement on Virginia Parole Review and Update CommissionStatement on Virginia Parole Review and Update Commission

Announcements—JPI responds to this significant event

The Left's Latest Big Money Target: For-Profit PrisonsThe Left's Latest Big Money Target: For-Profit Prisons

Criminal Justice News—Columbia has just become the first university in the U.S. to divest from private prison companies.

JPI is proud to announce its newest board memberJPI is proud to announce its newest board member

Announcements—The Justice Policy Institute is proud to announce its newest board member, Marcus Bullock

Soros Fellow Partners With JPISoros Fellow Partners With JPI

Announcements—Rachel Herzing, 2015 Soros Fellow, partners with JPI to explore an unconventional approach to… Continue

Watch John Oliver explain why the US bail system is terribleWatch John Oliver explain why the US bail system is terrible

Criminal Justice News—John Oliver's latest target is the US bail system that hurts low-income defendants while allowing… Continue

Bringing an End to the Incarceration GenerationBringing an End to the Incarceration Generation

Criminal Justice News—The good news is that more today is known than ever before about what works and doesn't work to… Continue

New Prison Reform Law Creates 'Momentum,' But Limitations Could Lessen ImpactNew Prison Reform Law Creates 'Momentum,' But Limitations Could Lessen Impact

Criminal Justice News—New legislation would give Oklahoma’s judges more discretion in sentencing certain nonviolent… Continue

Silverberg: Progress requires investing now for future gainsSilverberg: Progress requires investing now for future gains

JPI in the News—Silverberg outlines the "instant-gratification society" that we live in today, where we fight the… Continue

Want to reduce mass incarceration? Do no harm and invest in people and communitiesWant to reduce mass incarceration? Do no harm and invest in people and communities

Criminal Justice News—Within the last year, “mass incarceration” has become a buzzword...

British Politician Has a Harsh Message for the Police — and America Needs to Pay AttentionBritish Politician Has a Harsh Message for the Police — and America Needs to Pay Attention

Criminal Justice News—The U.K.'s exceedingly logical approach is in stark contrast to prevailing attitudes in the United… Continue

The battle for BaltimoreThe battle for Baltimore

JPI in the News—A combination of drugs, corruption and institutional racism has plagued Baltimore for decades.

Punish or rehab? Look at the costsPunish or rehab? Look at the costs

JPI in the News—The vast majority of those incarcerated will be at an age still requiring them to have employment… Continue

The Real 'Looting': From Slavery to Policing and BeyondThe Real "Looting": From Slavery to Policing and Beyond

JPI in the News—The system that people in Baltimore rose up against stretches back across the centuries.

Bail system creates another hurdle for poor defendants, including recent protestorsBail system creates another hurdle for poor defendants, including recent protestors

Criminal Justice News—Bail in Baltimore is a weird thing—and complicated, but it’s worth understanding… Continue

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Maryland taxpayers are spending $5 million or more to incarcerate people from each of about half of Baltimore’s communities (25 of 55), with total spending of $288 million a year on incarcerating people from Baltimore in Maryland’s prisons. See More

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