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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: Gauging Youth Incarceration Costs Like Comparing Apples to Pork Chops
How does the cost of youth incarceration compare across jurisdictions? It's complicated... JPI's Jason Ziedenberg & Amanda Petteruti explain.
Marc Schindler Talks Justice Reform on Comcast Newsmakers
JPI's Marc Schindler talks justice reform with Yolanda Vazquez on Comcast Newsmakers.
Florida Policies Needlessly Derail Young Lives, Fill Prison Cells
As managing attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Florida office, I see far too many of these stories in Florida, a state that sends more children into adult court than any other.
OP-ED: Community Engagement as a Key to Juvenile Justice Reform
The overincarceration of youth for low-level offenses has been proven to be ineffective in reducing recidivism and has been costly for states.
One Survivor's Crusade Reveals a Plague of Errors in Nation's Sex Offender Registries
Estimates of the number of entries with crucial mistakes run into the tens of thousands. One man—and pretty much only one man—is trying to fix them.
Community Organizing, Fierce Advocacy, Led to Closing of Notorious D.C. Youth Detention Center
D.C.'s reforms provide us with a solid road map for how community organizing and advocacy can create the political will to change a city's over-reliance on incarceration and invest in youth in their…
Care, not incarceration, for drug offenders
“It’s in society’s best interest to invest more upfront in treatment and prevention, because incarceration just has so many negative side effects.”
The Clinton dynasty’s horrific legacy: How “tough-on-crime” politics built the world’s largest prison system
Over the past two decades, the Clintons' version of the "War on Drugs" has inflicted needless suffering on millions.
St. Landry Parish jail helps its inmates in many ways
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is helping those in jail build a better life for themselves and their communities.
I Could Have Been a Child Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison
What good does it do to warehouse thousands of children in the criminal justice system when the state could simply provide them with therapeutic treatment that has been proven to reduce recidivism?
Fed Shouldn't Raise Rates, Curtail Job Recovery
JPI's Jason Ziedenberg and the National Employment Law Project’s Maurice Emsellem point to some promising developments that could improve job prospects for the formerly incarcerated.
City of Houston Joins Growing List of Cities Who've Chosen to "Ban the Box"
Today over 45 cities and counties have removed the question regarding conviction history from their employment applications. Now we can add the City of Houston to that growing list.
Is The Baltimore Detention Center Torturing Juveniles?
Marc Schindler discusses recent allegations from the justice department that a Baltimore detention facility is illegally subjecting juveniles to solitary confinement.
Adjusting Police Attitudes (Blog + Podcast)
Tatiana Laing, JPI's communications intern, discusses taking a values-based approach to policing and other recommendations for improving law enforcement in America.
‘Where are the kids?’ Distrust, zero-tolerance policies a bad combination
As the number of SROs have increased nationwide so, too, have the court citations. About 92,000 students were arrested in school during the 2011-12 school year, and most of those are low-level…
Malloy looking to expand state program that reduces suspensions, expulsions
A Connecticut program with some success of improving behavioral outcomes for students may soon be expanded into more schools around the state.
The 2 Reasons Data May Not Solve America’s Crime Problem
Can data prevent crimes? A February article from the Associated Press says states are using such systems to “drive down prison populations, reduce recidivism, and save billions of…
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.
Youth In Media And Education (YIMAE)
Yolanda Vazquez talks with Marc Schindler, a Juvenile Justice Advisor for Youth in Media And Education.
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.

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