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Video: A Blueprint for Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C.

This film is based on a series of briefs focusing on youth-serving systems in the District that include: education, mental health, employment and child welfare. When considered together, the research offers a blue print for improved systems and suggests collaboration in supporting youth to ensure better public safety outcomes for the District as a whole.

Fostering Change: How Investing In D.C.’s Child Welfare System Can Keep Kids Out of the Prison Pipeline

Children in Washington, D.C.’s child welfare system are at greater risk for involvement in the justice system due to abuse, neglect and home removal that stem from conditions of poverty, community instability, parental incarceration and parental substance abuse and mental health issues, according to a report released today by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI). In protecting children from abuse and neglect, child protective agencies are responsible for working closely with parents and families to ensure that child removal is the last resort. Even amidst aggressive reforms, the District is still removing children from their homes at higher rates than other comparable cities, which adversely impacts the goal of increasing positive life outcomes for youth who are involved in the child welfare system.

Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Public Safety and Outcomes for Youth

Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut highlights the past two decades of Connecticut’s successful efforts to improve responses to youth who engage in delinquent behavior and to reduce the number of youth placed into detention centers, correctional training schools, and/or other residential facilities.Specifically, the state reduced residential commitments from 680 in 2000 to 216 in 2011 (nearly 70 percent), even though most 16 year-olds, who were previously treated as adults, are now handled in the juvenile system.

Two New Reports Show Juvenile Confinement Reform in Five States

Removing young people who engage in delinquent behavior from their homes and communities and incarcerating them, is no longer the status quo in five states, say two new reports by JPI.

Measured Responses: Why increasing law enforcement in schools is not an effective public safety response to the Newtown tragedy

In light of the horrific school shootings this month in Newtown, Connecticut, some have called for increasing armed police presence in schools. School safety should be a priority: it is not only important for protecting the physical well-being of students, teachers, and staff, but also for maintaining a productive learning environment.

Drop in Crime Continues in the U.S.

Crime continues to drop throughout the United States, according to the full 2011 Uniform Crime Report released by the FBI on October 29, 2012. The Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a Washington, D.C. based organization dedicated to justice reform, says that the lesson for policymakers is that crime can continue to fall, even as states move away from mass incarceration.

JPI Bail Report Series

JPI published three reports on the U.S. bail system in an effort to raise public awareness on an issue that is not often highlighted -- and one that most people do not fully understand.

Bailing on Baltimore: Voices from the Front Lines of the Justice System

Third report in the series on bail that connects the first two quantitative reports on money bail and the for-profit bail industry to the actual experiences of people who have been involved in the system.

For Better or For Profit: How the Bail Bonding Industry Stands in the Way of Fair and Effective Pretrial Justice

Second in series on bail recommends the U.S. should end for-profit bail bonding; promote and further institutionalize pretrial services; and require greater transparency within the industry.

Bail Fail: Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of Using Money for Bail

JPI's newest analysis shows that the practice of using money to decide release while awaiting trial unfairly impacts low-income communities.

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

This brief examines the intersection of youth mental health and the justice system in Washington, D.C.

Testimony of Justice Policy Institute Before the Maryland Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights

The Justice Policy Institute recently testified before the Maryland State Advisory Committee on civil right violations generated from racial disparities in the Maryland justice system.  As the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is considering civil right violations in the Maryland justice system, the State Advisory Committee invited JPI to testify before the committee.  The SAC will use the material in their report to the U.S. Commission on Civil Right.

United States Continuing to Overspend on Police, Despite Decreasing Crime Rates

Although crime rates are at the lowest they have been in over 30 years, the number of arrests has declined only slightly between 2009 and 20102 and the U.S. still spends more than $100 billion on police every year.

Working for a Better Future: How expanding employment opportunities for D.C’s youth creates public safety benefits for all residents

This brief examines the intersection of youth employment and public safety in Washington, D.C.

Behind the Times: President Obama's FY2013 Budget

Despite the fact that prison populations have fallen for the first time in 40 years, President Obama’s FY2013 budget released this week devotes more than $27 billion to prison and policing.

The Education of D.C.: How Washington D.C.’s investments in education can help increase public safety.

This brief examines the intersection of education and public safety in Washington, D.C.

Wrong Track for Savings: How Florida’s prison population became a runaway train, and why better policies, not private prisons, can put the brakes on correctional costs

How Florida’s prison population became a runaway train, and why better policies, not private prisons, can put the brakes on correctional costs

Federal Folly: FY2012 U.S. Department of Justice Budget Gorges on Prisons, Gouges Juvenile Justice

The proposed 2012 budget for the U.S. Department of Justice puts locking people up ahead of reducing delinquency, protecting youth, and improving outcomes for the formerly incarcerated. 

Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools

The presence of school resource officers in schools, drives up arrests, causes lasting harm to youth, and disrupts the educational process.

When Treatment is Punishment: The Effects of Maryland's Incompetency to Stand Trial Policies and Practices

In FY2010, the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration provided 789 pretrial screenings and evaluations for incompetency to stand trial, 77 percent of which were for the District Courts...

Crime, Incarceration Down in 2010

According to FBI Uniform Crime report data released today, violent and property crimes are down across the country while states are reducing prison populations.

System Overload: The Costs of Under-Resourcing Public Defense

The overburdening of U.S. public defense systems that serve millions of people annually is jeopardizing the fairness of our justice system.

Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies

Report examining how private prison companies wield influence over legislators and policy, ultimately resulting in harsher criminal justice policies and the incarceration of more people.

DC Council Testimony on Bill 19-255, Sex Offender Registration Amendment Act

This testimony was presented to the DC City Council Committee on the Judiciary in regards to Bill 19-255, The Sex Offender Registration Amendment Act. 

Due South: Looking to the South for Criminal Justice Innovations

Recognizing the significant costs associated with high incarceration rates, a number of Southern states have implemented innovative strategies for reducing  prison and jail populations.

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