Press Releases & Statements

President Needs to Get Off the Cop Beat
Despite the fact that prison populations have fallen for the first time in 40 years, President…
Education is Key to Public Safety
Lack of investment across D.C. causes disparities, disadvantages communities
Billions More for C.O.P.S. Would be a Crime
President Obama’s plan to add $4 billion in funding for police not right way to address…
Maryland Almost Maxes Out Prisons in 2010, Increases Prison Population Nearly Two Percent
While U.S. saw first drop in prison population since 1972, Maryland’s imprisoned population…
U.S. Incarceration Falls for First Time Since 1972
Drop occurs while crime rates continue to decrease
Federal Folly
2012 U.S. Dept. of Justice Budget Gorges on Prisons, Gouges Juvenile Justice
School Resource Officers are a Waste of Resources, Says New Report
School Resource Officers pull youth into justice system and derail education
On Proposed Crime Bill, U.S. Experts Say to Canadian Parliament:“Don’t Repeat Expensive, Failed Policies”
Groups note that as U.S. conservatives embrace criminal and juvenile justice and drug policy…
Incompetent to Stand Trial Policies in Maryland are Incompetent Themselves
Research on effective policies and fiscal efficacy ignored
"Hard Times Don't Mean More Crimes"
Crime rate continues to fall across the U.S. as states incarcerate fewer people
Overloaded Public Defense Systems Result in More Prison Time, Less Justice
New report: Public defense systems in U.S. have too many cases, too little time, too few resources
Private Prison Companies Want You Locked Up
New report highlights political strategies of companies that make money through more incareceration
Violent, Property Crime Down Nationally, FBI Reports
Both violent crime and property crime in the U.S. are down again this year, according to figures…
Finding Direction: U.S. Should Consider Other Nations’ Justice Policies
Report says adopting criminal justice practices of other countries could improve safety, cut costs…
Drug Court Debate Continues on Capitol Hill
Justice Policy Institute, Drug Policy Alliance call for alternatives to drug court
Overreliance on Drug Courts Comes at Too High a Cost
Report finds alternatives to drug courts can be more cost-effective and provide greater public…
Budget Wrongly Invests in Policing and Prisons Not Prevention and Communities
Justice advocates disturbed by proposed $28 billion for expensive, ineffective and unfair policies.
Jail Size Matters
Justice Policy Institute says planned larger women’s jail for Baltimore City will create…
GAO Report Shows Byrne JAG Money Spent Without Sufficient Evaluation Measures
Majority of money spent on law enforcement and corrections despite falling crime rates
Native Hawaiians Over-Represented in Hawai‘i's Criminal Justice System
Groundbreaking research shows that Native Hawaiians are more likely to be incarcerated than other…
Prisons and policing prioritized over people during economic crisis
Greater benefits will be realized by focusing spending on positive social services that improve…
FBI Crime Report Shows Crime Drops as Prison Growth Slows
National justice research organization points to better use of effective strategies as basis for…
Communities of Color and Low-Income Communities Disproportionately Affected by the Justice System in the Nation’s Capitol
New report says D.C. has greatest income inequality of any major city in the country, suffering…
Most Justice-Involved Youth Affected by Traumatic Childhood Experiences
As many as 9 in 10 youth in justice system have experienced a traumatic event, yet few such youth…
California’s Prison Reduction Plan Will Overburden Counties; Misses the Mark
Shifting prison population to jails will increase costs and incarceration rates.

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