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It's time to acknowledge that long prison terms do not prevent violence
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler and Director of Research and Policy Ryan King discuss we need to address incarcerated people serving long sentences for serious and violent crimes to truly…
D.C.’s promising initiative for young incarcerated people
JPI's Associate Tyrone Walker and Joel Castón discuss D.C. Jail’s Young Men Emerging Unit.
The COVID-19 ‘Catch-22’ for Young People Behind Bars
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler d iscusses the current reality of y outh in juvenile facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Behind Bars: Release Can Be ‘Lethal’ Without Help
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses how, as a response to COVID-19, the release of many individuals from facilities nationwide need reentry support; there is an urgent need for proper…
Staff, Youth at Enormous Risk of COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses how both staff and youth inside correctional facilities are exposed and ill-equipped for the pandemic.
After the COVID-19 Release of Prisoners, Who Will Help Them?
JPI's Associate Tyrone Walker shares his experiences and why officials must immediately begin reducing incarcerated populations, beginning with both those safest to release and most at-risk from…
Let’s keep youth justice from making the coronavirus worse
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler reflects on how r eleasing low risk incarcerated youth will help curb the coronavirus and improve the justice system.
Connecticut has reason to celebrate on youth justice reforms
JPI's Executive Director reflects on Connecticut's 10-year-anniversary of raising the age for handling youth in juvenile court.
Maryland should follow D.C.’s lead on youth rehabilitation
JPI's Marc Schindler and Tyrone Walker discuss racial injustice in Maryland's justice system.
Maryland’s prisons and an unjust justice system
Discusses JPI's report analyzing the racial injustices that continue to plague Maryland’s system.
Ending the violence in Baltimore
JPI's Ryan King, Director of Research and Policy, and Keith Wallington, State Based Strategist, discuss Maryland's justice system and new policy brief "Rethinking Approaches to Over Incarceration of…
How I ‘Jump-Started’ My Life After Prison
Tyrone Walker, JPI Intern and Georgetown Pivot Fellow, writes on the importance of second chances for Second Chance Month.
Youth rehabilitation in D.C.: From controversy to progress
Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses reforms to the Youth Rehabilitation Act and services for justice system involved young adults in Washington DC.
Crime Victims Agree Violent Offenders Should Also Get Community Treatment
JPI staff Ryan King and Jeremy Kittredge discuss our new report "Smart, Safe, Fair: Strategies to Prevent Youth Violence, Heal Victims of Crime, and Reduce Racial Inequity."
A Balanced Response to Youth Violence
Keith Wallington, JPI's State Based Strategist, discusses crime survivor needs and our "Smart, Safe, and Fair: Strategies to Prevent Youth Violence, Heal Victims of Crime, and Reduce Racial…
On the one year anniversary of Md.'s Justice Reinvestment Act, we don't have enough data to analyze its efficacy
JPI's Ryan King and Keith Wallington weigh in on the one year anniversary of Maryland's Justice Reinvestment Act.
For youthful offenders, incarceration doesn't always equal accountability
Executive Director Marc Schindler comments on youth involved in the justice system, and JPI's new Smart, Safe and Fair report.
Why Do We Keep Our Aging Prisoners Behind Bars?
JPI staff address the issue of America's aging prison population and proposes a solution that would decrease our incarceration rate as well as save taxpayers dollars.
Taxing our kids to fund prisons
What do schools and prisons have in common? They each require budget allocations, which establish and demonstrate our priorities. And each effects crime prevention. But how? Executive Director Marc…
Will Sessions’ New Justice Strategy Turn the Clock Back on Civil Rights?
Executive Director Marc Schindler and Vice President of JustLeadershipUSA Brent Cohen examine how the DOJ under Sessions is pivoting away from civil rights, human rights, and criminal justice reform.…

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