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Below you can find a list of JPI's most recent press releases, as well as statements. If you have questions about our reports or our research and analysis, please contact our communications team.

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New Report Examines Factors Driving Overcrowding
Research highlights the factors and policies that lead to over-incarceration, makes recommendations on how the justice system can be improved.
States Can Safely Reduce Prison Populations and Save Money, New Brief Says
Reducing prison populations and maintaining public safety can both be accomplished while allowing state taxpayers to save money with more effective programs, group says.
Crime Report Shows Crime Fell in 2009 as Prison Growth Rates Decreased
Drop in crime comes as states seek ways to reduce prison populations and improve savings for state budgets
Group Criticizes Obama Administration’s Budget Plan to Increase Policing and Prisons
Justice advocates disturbed by proposed $29 billion for ineffective and unfair policies.
Analysis: U.S. Incarceration Continues to Grow and Racial Disparities Persist
Although the growth of imprisonment was down in 2008, the number of incarcerated people is still on the rise, according to an analysis released today by the Justice Policy Institute.
Crime Report Shows Violent Crime Fell in 2008 as Incarceration Rates Continue to Decrease
Violent crime in the United States fell by 1.9 percent and property crimes by 0.8 percent in 2008, according to an analysis released today by the Justice Policy Institute.
New Reports Highlight Economic Benefits of Alternatives to Incarceration
Research briefs on adult and juvenile justice outline ways for states to save millions
2010 Department of Justice Budget Likely to Increase Incarceration in U.S.
Overspending in law enforcement, prisons and under-spending in prevention, treatment and communities won't yield long term improvements, will cause increased costs for states
Baltimore City Residents Share Their Experiences and Hopes for the Future
Advocates say new report is “a cautionary tale” for the nation’s leaders
Parole Reforms in Maryland Could Save Millions
Focus on treatment, releasing people who are low-risk, and reducing technical violations would improve system while maintaining public safety
Violent Crime Fell in 2008
Prisons and jails experienced less growth than previous years
Rise in Federal Policing, Surveillance and Immigration Enforcement Signals Growth and Adaptation of U.S. Criminal Justice System
Over 450 new offenses added to federal law, Immigration arrests increased more than 200%, and federal expenditures on policing up 925% since 1982
Violent Crime Fell in 2007
Areas with lower incarceration rates experienced greater crime reductions
Violent Crime Down in District
Residents Support Employment and Workforce Development Programs to Promote Public Safety
New report: Jail populations exploding; massive growth devastating local communities
Jails bulging with people with mental illnesses, the homeless and people detained for immigration offenses; costing counties billions
New Report: Baltimore Judges frustrated with limited treatment options: “Almost everyone we see needs drug treatment”
Lack of treatment resources drives poor outcomes, unnecessary incarceration
Latest in a Series of Policy Briefs on Public Safety: Data shows substance abuse treatment reduces crime
Increased availability of substance abuse treatment is associated with improved public safety.
Groundbreaking Study Examines Drug Imprisonment in 198 Counties; 97 Percent Experienced Racial Disparities
97 Percent Experienced Racial Disparities
Latest in a Series of Policy Briefs on Public Safety: Housing and Public Safety
Increased availability of quality supportive or affordable housing is associated with positive public safety outcomes.
Latest Brief in a Series of Policy Briefs on Public Safety: Employment, Wages and Public Safety
Increased employment and wages are associated with positive public safety outcomes.
First of Four in New Policy Brief Series on Public Safety: Education and Public Safety
States that invest more in education have lower rates of violent crime and incarceration
Groundbreaking New Report: Gang Suppression Tactics Fail to Reduce Crime, Can Worsen Problem; Pervasive Myths about Gang Members and Gang Crime Debunked
Experts tell lawmakers more police, more prison and more punishment have not stopped gang violence; advocate for science-based approach to public safety
NEW REPORT: Legal Loophole Leads to Explosion of Youth in Adult Jails; Abuse and Isolation Rampant; Majority Held for Nonviolent Crimes
Incarcerating youth as adults does not reduce crime and disproportionately impacts youth of color; New campaign calls on Congress to ban use of adult jails for youth under 18.
NEW REPORT: Maryland’s Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences Overwhelmingly Impact African Americans
Public Safety Benefit of Long-Term Prison Sentences Questioned
Report on Innovative Juvenile Justice Reform Released
On December 4, the Justice Policy Institute released Models for Change: Building Momentum for Juvenile Justice Reform at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Roll-Out Conference held in…

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