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Report Questions Virginia’s Billion Dollar Corrections Budget

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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.

Why 15 Year Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for A Crime Where No One Was Hurt

JPI Executive Director Marc Schindler was featured on KPFK in Los Angles in an interview discussing Norfolk, VA's Travion Blount currently serving six life sentences plus 118 years in prison without parole.

BET.com commentary: Why Virginia’s Justice System Needs an Overhaul

BET.com published an op-ed penned by the Advancement Project's Judith Browne Dianis and JPI's Marc Schindler on Virginia's justice system, highlighting voter disenfranchisement.

Continuing This Critically Important Work With Your Help

Consider making a contribution today to the Justice Policy Institute.

Justice Policy Institute's Board of Directors Applauds Naming of Executive Director Marc Schindler as Recipient of Open Society Foundation's New Executives Fund

JPI's Board of Directors is proud to announce that its recently appointed Executive Director, Marc Schindler, is one of the newest recipients of the Open Society Foundations' (OSF) New Executives Fund, a world-wide initiative designed to provide key financial support so that a new generation of leaders around the world can implement their initiatives.    

Brennan Center for Justice, JPI Host Incarceration Generation in NYC 12.12.13

Join the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law Thursday, December 12, 2013, as it co-hosts an Incarceration Generation booksigning and panel discussion featuring Neill Franklin, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition; Julie Stewart, Families Against Mandatory Minimums; and Emily Tucker, Center for Popular Democracy. Remarks to be made by Inimai Chettier, Director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice; Moderated by Marc Schindler of JPI. Click here to RSVP.

Editorial Supports a Fairer Justice System in Virginia, Media Highlights Policy Brief

The Justice Policy Institute published a new policy brief on Virginia's escalating crisis within its justice system. Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair, calls the Commonwealth's juvenile and criminal justice policies and practices ineffective, inequitable and expensive, costing taxpayers billions each year.

Editorial: Be Tough on Crime Spending

Editorial published by the Roanoke Times Dispatch in response to JPI's Virginia's Justice System policy brief. A critical report on Virginia’s truth-in-sentencing system raises hard questions, including whether it works.

Va. Justice System Headed for Crisis Washington Think Tank Says Small Changes to Virginia Laws Could Make Big Differences

Richmong Times Dispatch covers JPI's policy brief entitled, Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective, and Unfair.

Virginia’s Justice System Needs Overhaul, New JPI Policy Brief Finds

Justice Policy Institute Analysis Points to Commonwealth’s Misguided and Expensive Policies

11.14.13: Panel Discussion, Release of New Virginia Brief & "Incarceration Generation" Booksigning in Richmond, VA

The Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration in partnership with Virginia Union University's Center for the Study of the Urban Child invite you to Virginia Union University as the Justice Policy Institute continues its official book tour of "Incarceration Generation" Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 4 to 6pm in Richmond, VA.

Despite No Evidence of Positive Impact on School Safety, Justice Department Awards $45 Million to Fund Additional School Resource Officers Positions Nationwide

Today, President Obama issued his Administration's recommendations to increase funding for school resource officers (SROs) in an effort to curb school violence – an offshoot from last December’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Meet JPI's New Executive Director, Marc Schindler 9.18.13

Join us 9.18.13 for a meet & greet in honor of JPI's newly named Executive Director, Marc Schindler at the offices of our friends at the ACLU. RSVP here.

JPI Partners with PJI for Bail Month

This month, JPI, in partnership with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), aims to educate the public on the need for bail reform for the second year in a row. New reports, a national phone call and more are in store!

President Obama Points to Criminal Justice System During March on Washington Anniversary

As President Obama said today from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. justice system should not be a pipeline from underfunded schools and to overcrowded jails. Adding to that sentiment today was President Bill Clinton and Rep. John Lewis,  each echoing Attorney General Eric Holder’s August 12 call for a moratorium on the nation’s harsh criminal justice policies – a sign that we are moving in the right direction. 

MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth

Building on its nearly 20-year, $150 million investment in supporting juvenile justice reform, MacArthur announced an additional commitment of $15 million to the field, in part to establish the new Models for Change Resource Center Partnership. The Partnership will provide judges, prosecutors, defenders, policymakers, advocates, probation officers, and mental health and social service agencies with much needed technical assistance, trainings, tools, and resources to help advance juvenile justice reform across the country.

OJJDP Administrator Bob Listenbee to Address Congressional Staff for First Time

Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Administrator Bob Listenbee for the first time since his installation will address congressional members on juvenile justice issues during “States Innovations in Juvenile Justice: Investing in Better Outcomes for Our Communities,” a congressional briefing hosted by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) at the Washington Capitol Visitors Center Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

RSVP Required: Listenbee Addresses Congressional Staff on Juvenile Justice

Tuesday's briefing is a first step in educating key staff on juvenile justice reform and the strides states are making and have made across the country over the last several years.

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