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Positive Social Investments

[REPORTS 2016] Improving Approaches to Serving Young Adults in the Justice System
JPI convened advocates, policymakers, practitioners, funders, and directly impacted individuals to…
Crime Statistics and Holistic Violence Prevention
As homicides increase in America, learn how we can invest in holistic approaches in violence…
The Right Investment? Corrections Spending in Baltimore City
According to a new report released today by the Justice Policy Institute and the Prison Policy…
Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration
Our new report, Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration, provides…
Billion Dollar Divide: Virginia's Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice Challenge
Billion Dollar Divide points to racial disparities, skewed fiscal priorities, and missed…
Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair
Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair points to reforms that, if…
BAIL REFORM UPDATE 2013: Pretrial Services Programs Refined and Expanded Their Reach, while the Bail Industry Continued to Fight Forfeiture Collection and Non-financial Release
This brief provides an update on pretrial and bail reform over the last year as a follow up to…
Incarceration Generation Timeline
The Justice Policy Institute's 2013 published "Incarceration Generation," a coffee-table book of…
DC Council Testimony on CFSA Budget Oversight Hearing
Testimony by Paul D. Ashton Research & Grants Coordinator, Justice Policy Institute
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…
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…
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…
Two New Reports Show Juvenile Confinement Reform in Five States
Removing young people who engage in delinquent behavior from their homes and communities and…
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…
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,…
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.
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.
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…
Public Safety Brief: Housing and Public Safety
Studies found that substandard housing—particularly where exposure to lead hazards is more…
Employment, Wages and Public Safety
Increased employment is associated with positive public safety outcomes. Researchers have found…
Education and Public Safety Policy Brief
Graduation rates were associated with positive public safety outcomes. Researchers have found that…
Effective Investments in Public Safety: Drug Treatment
Whereas in 1980 only about 8% of federal and state prisoners were incarcerated for a drug offense,…
Effective Investments in Public Safety: Education
There is evidence that suggests that education and graduation rates may relate to crime rates, and…
Effective Investments in Public Safety: Mass Incarceration and Longer Sentences Fail to Make Us Safer
Places that did not increase their use of incarceration as much as others experienced bigger drops…
Effective Investments in Public Safety: Unemployment, Wages, and the Crime Rate
Research studies focusing on unemployment rates and market wages have found relationships with the…

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