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September is #MarylandMonth at JPI!

In honor of "Maryland Month," JPI will be highlighting various aspects of the Maryland justice system throughout the month of September...

Black and Blue: With Juveniles, Staff Training Matters More Than Race

The Chronicle of Social Change published this opinion editorial by JPI's Marc Schindler August 29, 2014. Schindler writes about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and asks: "Would diversifying the police force have helped prevent the tragedy at Ferguson? There is some evidence that black police officers and white police officers behave in similar ways and that the community sees the color of the uniform before the color of the officer’s skin."

Incarceration Generation: Alex Friedmann of Prison Legal News talks prison privatization

In our first podcast ever -- and the inaugural episode of our Incarceration Generation series -- Alex Friedmann, Managing Editor of Prison Legal News, talks private prisons.

The Great Lockup Divide

Originally posted on The Crime Report, JPI's Marc Schindler and Jasper Burroughs delve into the pressing need to reduce our reliance on incarceration.

Happy 1st Birthday, "Incarceration Generation!"

One year ago, the Justice Policy Institute released its first book, “Incarceration Generation,” a series of essays that catalogs the 40 year rise of mass incarceration and the generational scourge of the criminal justice system on children, families and taxpayers that has made the U.S. a world leader in the rate at which we incarcerate our citizens.

Building a Bipartisan Base for Safer and Smarter Juvenile Justice Policies

In the past two weeks, Congressional leaders took important steps to play a more catalytic role in advancing safe and smart youth justice policies, building on the bipartisan support that exists in the states to reduce reliance on incarceration for young people, and the research that shows locking up more youth doesn’t make us safer.

Virginia’s Corrections Budget Goes Over a Billion Dollars

Despite a recent report demonstrating a flawed justice system and skewed fiscal priorities, Virginia’s budget going into effect on July 1, includes over a billion dollars in general funds for the commonwealth’s corrections spending.

Alliance for Justice Highlights JPI

JPI is featured on (try to tag them on facebook) The Alliance for Justice’s member spotlight. Our Director of Communications, Zerline Hughes, had the chance to discuss the organization’s mission and advocacy efforts. The spotlight details JPI’s issue focuses, current campaigns such as Models for Change and Baltimore Criminal Justice Grassroots Advocacy Network, tips and lessons in collaboration. Read the entire spotlight: http://bolderadvocacy.org/blog/afj-member-spotlight-justice-policy-institute

 

A Week of Juvenile Justice Reform and Partnership

This week, we traveled to Philadelphia, joining so many of our partners in juvenile justice during the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Conference. This work is critically important to the mission of JPI. After attending various workshops like Promoting Public Safety Through a Positive Youth Development Approach , and keynote addresses by Van Jones on working with unlikely allies , and reconnecting with organizations dedicated to reforming our juvenile justice systems, we are excited to continue the second half of the year with instruments and resources we can add to our toolbox.

Two New Works Focus on Closing Juvenile Institutions Profiled at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Conference


When I served as general counsel, chief of staff, and interim director of the Washington, D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) -- the city's juvenile corrections agency -- I knew that as our team was working to build the juvenile justice system of tomorrow, we all were standing on the shoulders of reformers that came before us. Two new works on juvenile justice reform that were issued in the past month bring these two streams into sharp focus for me, and both works will resonate with anyone working to build the safer and more effective juvenile justice systems that young people and their families deserve.

Baltimore Bans the Box

JPI and other members of the Greater Baltimore Grassroots Criminal Justice Network joined Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby to witness Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sign new legislation to "ban the box" on employment applications in Baltimore. 

JPI Spring Newsletter

A New Year, A New JPI

Our Work in Maryland and Virginia

Increasing Awareness Through Film

Incarceration Generation Book Tour

Executive Director's End Note

Baltimore Takes Steps to Remove Barriers for Formerly Incarcerated People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             CONTACT: Zerline Hughes
APRIL 29, 2014
                                       202.558.7974, 202.320.1029 cell
                                                                     zhughes@justicepolicy.org

Incarceration Generation Sneak Peek: Foreword by Michelle Alexander

JPI's book, "Incarceration Generation," chronicles the last 40 years of sentencing, incarceration, and legislative priorities. Read the foreword by New York Times Bestselling Author Michelle Alexander.

High Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 23, 2014
CONTACT: Zerline Hughes O: 202.558.7974 x 308 M: 202.320.1029 E: zhughes@justicepolicy.org

Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms

Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms

From the Just Policy Blog - National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Restoring the Balance of Justice

The latest Just Policy Blog: National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Restoring the Balance of Justice

Report Questions Virginia’s Billion Dollar Corrections Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT: ZERLINE HUGHES
APRIL 2, 2014                                            202.558.7974 X 308                                                                                       202.320.1029

Report Questions Virginia’s Billion Dollar Corrections Budget


Commonwealth’s African-American Population Disproportionately Impacted by Flawed Justice System Policies

A Discussion: Virginia's Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice Approach 4.3.14

As part of JPI's analysis on Virginia's criminal justice system, we will be part of a discussion on the Commonwealth's sentencing, corrections and criminal justice approach as we release the second of three reports highliting these important issues.

Join us, local and national practitioners, grassroots and faith-based organizations Thursday, April 3, from 5 to 7 pm in Richmond, Va at the Virginia Union University Richmond Police Academy located at 1202 W. Graham Road for this town hall discussion. 

From the Just Policy Blog - Improving Accountability, Reducing Incarceration: Shifting to Success-Oriented Federal Funding of Local Law Enforcement

The latest Just Policy Blog: Improving Accountability, Reducing Incarceration: Shifting to Success-Oriented Federal Funding of Local Law Enforcement

From the Just Policy Blog: President’s Budget Offers Tiny Steps to Deinarcerate and Billions for Prisons and Police

Just Policy Blog 3.6.14: Tiny Steps to Deinarcerate and Billions for Prisons and Police

One Year Later: JPI Findings on Juvenile Confinement Reform Trending

One year ago this week, the Justice Policy Institute released two groundbreaking reports highlighting the encouraging trend toward reduced confinement of youth nationwide.

In the year since the release of JPI's reports, Common Ground: Lessons Learned from Five States that Reduced Juvenile Confinement by More than Half, and Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut, we have seen an acceleration in the juvenile justice reform trends we documented, in addition to an increase in advocacy and media attention.  
Justice Policy Institute Welcomes Jason Ziedenberg to Staff

The Justice Policy Institute is proud to welcome Jason Ziedenberg to its staff as Director of Research and Policy.

Jason, an expert in research, communications and advocacy, will help JPI maintain momentum in criminal and juvenile justice reform during a critical time for the field and the organization.

Towards an Age-Appropriate Youth Justice System

Remember the critically important report from the National Academies of Science on reforming the juvenile justice system that came out last fall, called Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach? It thoroughly documented the need for and benefits of a juvenile justice system that's age-appropriate. The next step? Making that system a reality.

SAMHSA, MacArthur Renew Commitment to Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and MacArthur are collaborating on an effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Propelled by the success of the collaboration’s previous two-year project to divert youth with behavioral health conditions from the juvenile justice system to community-based programs and services, the new initiative will continue to advance such reform.

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