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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…
Salisbury and Cambridge Among Highest for Incarceration Rates
A new report released by the Justice Policy Institute ranks Cambridge and Salisbury as having the third and fourth highest incarceration rates for prisons in the state.
Salisbury and Cambridge Incarceration Rates More Than Double Statewide Average, Study Shows
Cambridge and Salisbury have incarceration rates more than double the Maryland state average, according to a new report by the Justice Policy Institute and the Prison Policy Initiative.
Seeking a second chance for criminals serving life sentences in Maryland
"Because of politics, Maryland is spending millions of dollars every year incarcerating people who can safely return to their communities, at great human and financial cost to us all."
The most imprisoned communities in Maryland are right next to Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medical Campus
Thanks to a new data-crunching report about incarceration in Maryland, Marylanders can now know they spend $288 million each year to imprison about 7,800 people from Baltimore City.
The school to prison pipeline, explained
Juvenile crime rates are plummeting, and the number of Americans in juvenile detention has dropped. But school discipline policies are moving in the opposite direction.
Can Homeboy Redemption Help Restore America’s Future?
From the very beginning of his life, Hector Verdugo had everything going against him — until a Catholic priest entered his life, following a prison stint, and gave him the chance he needed.
Can the Drop in Juvenile Incarcerations Offer Lessons for Adult Policy?
JPI's Executive Director, Marc Schindler, explores the divergence between youth and adult incarceration rates and asks what lessons we can glean from this trend.
9 Surprising Industries Profiting Handsomely from America's Insane Prison System
It's no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world: mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S.
Reducing Incarceration & Scaling Back the Criminal Justice System: A Bipartisan Approach
In the Just Policy Blog, JPI research intern Natacia Caton describes the bipartisan push for more sensible justice policies
How communities are keeping kids out of crime
Cities and states are moving away from locking up juvenile offenders, offering treatment and other programs to prevent them from becoming hardened criminals.
OP-ED: Mental Health Professionals Should Be Key Leaders in Juvenile Justice Policy
As new research emerges on adolescent brain development and trauma, and its association with delinquent behaviors among justice-involved youth, it is apparent that juvenile justice policies should…
2015 can be the year of criminal justice reform
Unlike most other policy areas, where President Obama and Republicans remain at loggerheads, criminal justice reform holds much greater promise since both political parties seem to agree that there…
Locking into locking up youth is a losing game
Florida, like other states, has a spending problem. Too many juveniles are spending time confined for non-violent infractions. And taxpayers are spending too much to keep them warehoused.
University students push for prison divestment
Only a few years ago did the growing clout of the U.S.’s for-profit prison industry come into sharp relief.
States see marked drop in juvenile prison populations as reforms take hold
A falling crime rate and new reforms to the way juveniles are treated by the criminal justice system have dramatically cut the number of young people in state prisons.
HN county attorney challenges staff to reduce Black youth incarceration
Freeman recognizes inequities, bias in the criminal justice system.
Nancy Grace defends discriminatory drug policy
An interview between talk show host Nancy Grace and hip-hop artist (and College Park, Georgia, mayoral candidate) 2 Chainz, went viral last week.
Top 10 Youth Justice Reads for Loretta Lynch
Here's a list of some must-reads for an attorney general who wants to make a difference in juvenile justice.
‘Tough on Crime’ Fadeout: What Constitutes Safety?
In a letter-to-the-editor in The New York Times, JPI's Jason Ziedenberg discusses what public "safety" means after years of falling crime rates and the persistence of troubling justice policies.
New Campaign Seeks to Sharply Reduce Youth Incarceration
A national juvenile justice campaign launched today with the ambitious goals of halving youth incarceration in 15 states over the next five years while expanding community-based alternatives for…
OP-ED: Reforming Juvenile Justice Requires Restructuring our Mindset
With youth crime rates and numbers of incarcerated youths declining , now is the ideal time to review how juvenile incarceration meets the needs of youths, their families and society.

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