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Here you can find news stories about important issues in justice reform and articles calling for positive improvements to the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Check back regularly for new articles and email us to suggest an item to be included on the page.

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OP-ED: Young People’s Brain Development Gives Us Window for Change
On the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, JPI's Marc Schindler highlights how juvenile justice is in need of developmentally appropriate solutions for youth.
New Report: Costs of Youth Confinement Estimate to Run into the Billions of Dollars Each Year
New report provides estimates of long-term costs of confinement on taxpayers and youth
Rethink shackling of youth in D.C. courts
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler responds to a recent piece in the Washington Post, urging the District of Columbia to stop shackling youth in juvenile courts.
Mental Health: A tragic reminder of Virginia’s need for better services
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler writes about the need for better mental health services in Virginia and how the people who need this help the most are often sent to jail instead.
Developmental Competency: Putting a Developmental Approach into Practice
JPI's Senior Research Associate Amanda Petteruti & Strategies for Youth Executive Director Lisa Thurau write about the need for officials in the justice system to develop practices that…
DC's Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act (YOARA) Open for Public Comment
The Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act (YOARA) -- currently pending before the DC Council -- is available for public comment online. This piece of legislation addresses how youth…
Evidence-based Practices Aren’t the Only Tool in the Shed
Over the last 15 years, juvenile justice advocates fought hard to convince policymakers and government officials that the best way to help youth succeed and improve public safety is to keep them out…
Experts Blast Federal Approach To Juvenile Crime
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler was quoted in The Crime Report, responding to a report from the National Research Council that the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and…
“It’s About Scarcity, Stupid”: Youth Development Needs Bigger Public Investment
We all bring our own unique perspectives to the work we do. I grew up in a community where we took for granted that there was a role for a public sector in universal health care, quality education,…
Fraternal Order of Police Advertisements on the D.C. Mayoral Election in Context
In advance of DC's upcoming mayoral election, JPI puts into context some of the claims asserted in a recent advertisement issued by the Fraternal Order of Police.
Incarceration Generation: Tim Murray of the Pretrial Justice Institute talks bail & pretrial services
In our second episode of Incarceration Generation, Tim Murray, Director Emeritus of the Pretrial Justice Institute, discusses the bail system and pretrial services.
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.
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…
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 …
LTE: The Importance of Education for Troubled Youths
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler penned a letter-to-the-editor in response to a recent New York Times article, "The Importance of Education for Troubled Youths ."
Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms
Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms
Can Virginia claim a prison-reform dividend?
As Virginia lawmakers continue to battle over the state budget , they are overlooking a billion-dollar issue. The executive budget that lawmakers have been debating since January projects that…
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…

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