Criminal Justice News
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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Rethink shackling of youth in D.C. courts
- Marc Schindler, Nov 19, 2014
- 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
- Marc Schindler, Nov 17, 2014
- 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
- Amanda Petteruti, Nov 12, 2014
- 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
- Nov 6, 2014
- 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
- Amanda Petteruti, Nov 4, 2014
- 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
- Ted Gest, Oct 30, 2014
- 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
- Jason Ziedenberg, Oct 29, 2014
- 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
- Oct 28, 2014
- 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
- Oct 16, 2014
- 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
- Aug 28, 2014
- 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
- Jul 1, 2014
- 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
- Apr 29, 2014
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Zerline Hughes APRIL 29, 2014 202.558.7974, 202.320.1029 cell …
LTE: The Importance of Education for Troubled Youths
- Marc Schindler, Apr 25, 2014
- 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
- Apr 23, 2014
- Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms
Can Virginia claim a prison-reform dividend?
- Marc Schindler, Apr 11, 2014
- 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
- Paul Ashton, Apr 9, 2014
- The latest Just Policy Blog: National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Restoring the Balance of Justice
Report Questions Virginia’s Billion Dollar Corrections Budget
- Apr 2, 2014
- 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
- Mar 26, 2014
- 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
- Jason Ziedenberg, Mar 24, 2014
- 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
- Marc Schindler, Mar 6, 2014
- 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
- Feb 28, 2014
- 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
- Feb 12, 2014
- 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
- Feb 12, 2014
- 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…
SAMHSA, MacArthur Renew Commitment to Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
- Jan 13, 2014
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and MacArthur are collaborating on an effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile…
Why 15 Year Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for A Crime Where No One Was Hurt
- UprisingRadio.Org, Jan 7, 2014
- JPI Executive Director Marc Schindler was featured on KPFK in Los Angles in an interview discussing Norfolk, VA's Travion Blount currently serving six life sentences plus 118 years in prison without…
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