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The Business of Positive Youth Justice: Measuring Success
The most common test of a juvenile justice program asks: How many kids were arrested and/or convicted again? The PYJ framework imagines the role of the justice system differently from the mission of…
The Business of Positive Youth Justice: Changing Staff Perception
Just as I believe in helping youth grow to their fullest potential, so too do I believe in the capacity of the adults and systems that serve them.
The True Cost of Incarceration in Baltimore's Poorest Neighborhoods
TRNN's Stephen Janis talks to Justice Policy Institute Executive Director Marc Schindler about how Maryland spends millions incarcerating residents of inner city neighborhood.
Feeding the prison population with our youth must stop
Youth should not be incarcerated for minor offenses that require discipline, rather than discriminatory incarceration.
The Criminalization of Youth
Who are we really protecting when we treat kids like second-class citizens?
Matthew T. Mangino: Leniency or smart punishment strategy
As prisons continue to grow and states struggle to pay the costs, the disastrous consequences of the prison industrial complex have come into focus.
Maryland looking at prison sentencing reform
The Maryland General Assembly is moving ahead on a bill that would let the state explore prison sentencing reform and reduce recidivism among former inmates.
Fewer teens behind bars after state puts emphasis on helping rather than punishing
Beginning in the early 2000s, Connecticut adopted “evidence-based” programs that were aimed at changing the youth’s behavior rather than just punishing it.
A police shooting in Madison, WI, highlighted the city's alarming racial disparities
The police shooting of Tony Robinson, an unarmed biracial 19-year-old, has awakened fears that the supposedly progressive city of 240,000 is far from immune to racial disparities in law enforcement
A negative return on investing in prisons
Katie Allston, executive director at Marian House, explains why we cannot imprison our way out of the entrenched poverty that grips certain areas of Baltimore City.
OP-ED: Crime Victims Are Not Who You Think
Who's most likely to be victimized by violence? As JPI's Paul Ashton explains, the answer may surprise you.
Tony Robinson Killing Highlights Wisconsin's Racial Inequities
Wisconsin has the highest rate of incarceration of black men in the country, and most Wisconsin counties arrest black people at exceptionally high rates--even outpacing the disparities in Ferguson,…
On International Women's Day, activists keep attention on prisons, police brutality, and women heroes throughout history
For the 50 Baltimore citizens who convened on International Women's Day to celebrate, commemorate, and mobilize fellow women activists, the revolutionary spirit was alive and well.
What we know about the police shooting of unarmed 19-year-old Tony Robinson in Madison, WI
A white Madison, Wisconsin, police officer on Friday shot and killed Tony Robinson, an unarmed black 19-year-old.
After jail, women struggle to live
Often, no job or savings for an apartment upon release.
DOJ Shows Ferguson’s — & America’s — School Discipline Crisis
When considered alongside the high levels of suspensions and other overuse of harsh discipline, it is clear that Ferguson-Florissant is using every tool available — including long arms of the…
Jails: Time to Wake Up to Mass Incarceration in Your Neighborhood
Jails admit nearly 12 million people every year. Yet they are largely off the radar of critics of mass incarceration. However, as a new report by Vera Institute and actions by activists around the…
Taking Politics Out of Parole
How much is Maryland spending to incarcerate people from Baltimore City? Marc Schindler shares new findings on how much is spent on incarcerating Baltimore residents.
The Cost Of Crime And Incarceration In One Baltimore Neighborhood
A new report says that, as of 2010, 458 people from Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood or neighboring Harlem Park were in a Maryland prison, the largest number of any census tract in the…
Connecticut Governor Malloy’s personnel shift from judicial to DCF draws fire
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has gotten positive feedback on his proposed Second Chance Society that would integrate non-violent offenders back into their communities through parole and drug reforms, job…
Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Edgewood have high incarceration rates, as does northern Harford, study's data show
Areas of Harford County that lie south and east of I-95 have the most county residents incarcerated in state prisons, according to a study released earlier this week.
NCJJ Report Shows Juvenile Crime Keeps Falling, But Reasons Elusive
The latest comprehensive survey of the U.S. juvenile justice system paints a mixed picture of troubled youth even as the numbers of teens in the system continued a long decline.
New Study: Maryland taxpayers spend $288 million a year to incarcerate people from Baltimore City
According to a new report released today by the Justice Policy Institute and the Prison Policy Initiative, Maryland taxpayers are spending $5 million or more to incarcerate people from each of about…
No to Prison Industrial Complex: San Francisco's Trans Community Responds to Brutal Murders
Anger is part of what spurred 300 or so people to turn up at City Hall in the middle of a weekday to demand more attention around the extreme rates of violence against trans people, especially trans…
Report: Sandtown-Winchester leads state in number of people incarcerated
Sandtown-Winchester, the blighted community just west of downtown Baltimore that has been the target of multimillion-dollar revitalization efforts over the past two decades, is home to more people…

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