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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.

FBI: Crime Fell in 2010

According to the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report, violent and property crime is down nationally. This comes at a time when state prison populations feel and states spent less money on corrections.

Creating the Roadmap for Reduction: Reducing the Number of Women in Prison in Alabama

This brief is a summary of the process that JPI used to develop recommendations and support their implementation, as well as a summary of how the recommendations worked to reduce the number of women in prison in Alabama.

Finding Direction: Expanding Criminal Justice Options by Considering Policies of Other Nations

Amidst a fiscal crisis and dropping crime rates, policymakers in the U.S. ought to consider looking outside its borders for examples of effective criminal justice policies.

Addicted to Courts: How a Growing Dependence on Drug Courts Impacts People and Communities

Report investigating the phenomenon of drug courts and providing alternatives to better address substance abuse issues.

Documentary: Blocking the Exit

A documentary to better understand the profound impact that requiring Governor approval of parole for lifers has had in Maryland.

Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results

The President’s proposed FY2012 budget will do little to reduce the burden of incarceration on our country or improve community safety in a lasting and meaningful way.

Moving Toward a Public Safety Paradigm: A Roundtable Discussion on Victims and Criminal Justice Reform

This brief details a roundtable convened by JPI examining the role of victims in justice reform.

When More is Less: How a Larger Women’s Jail in Baltimore will Reduce Public Safety and Diminish Resources for Positive Social Investments

Despite declines in the number of women held in the Baltimore City Detention Center, Maryland is planning to build a large, new women’s facility.

Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Spending

A review of the $2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds spent on the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

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