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Here, you can learn JPI's perspective on criminal and juvenile justice systems and how we can improve the well-being of people and communities, including our most recent press releases, appearences in the media, and other criminal and juvenile justice related news.

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British Politician Has a Harsh Message for the Police — and America Needs to Pay Attention
The U.K.'s exceedingly logical approach is in stark contrast to prevailing attitudes in the U.S., where police funding has mushroomed far out of proportion to actual crime rates.
The battle for Baltimore
A combination of drugs, corruption and institutional racism has plagued Baltimore for decades.
Punish or rehab? Look at the costs
The vast majority of those incarcerated will be at an age still requiring them to have employment when they’re released, but it can be a very difficult proposition for them if they are not…
The Real "Looting": From Slavery to Policing and Beyond
The system that people in Baltimore rose up against stretches back across the centuries.
Activists say Jay Z and Beyonce quietly bailed out Baltimore and Ferguson protesters
The notion that a celebrity couple would need to contribute vast sums to fund bail for protestors highlights a problem in how the US detains its citizens.
Bail system creates another hurdle for poor defendants, including recent protestors
Bail in Baltimore is a weird thing—and complicated, but it’s worth understanding because it matters.
Keep Kids Out of Handcuffs
The legal system has often become a go-to for even the most minor transgressions of children, particularly children of color.
Amid turmoil in Baltimore, a story of hidden health care gaps
Baltimore suffers glaring disparities in crime rates, income, education, housing – and health.
Drug courts are not the answer
Drug courts may do more harm than good when it comes to treating participants, saving taxpayer dollars and keeping people out of jail for simple drug possession.
These maps show just how racially problematic our bail system is
Most of the people being held in local jails have not been convicted of a crime and are only there because they couldn’t afford to post bail pre-trial.
They’re Not ‘Thugs’ — They’re Our Children
By referring to the young adults engaged in Baltimore’s protests as “criminals” and “thugs," commentators invoke harmful narratives about the young people involved.
Baltimore Burning: It’s Not A Matter of Money. We Tried That
Federal and state money has been pouring into the city for decades, yet nearly a quarter of the people in the city still live in poverty.
What Police Can Learn from Deep Learning
Police departments are increasingly turning to predictive analytics to help them fight crime, and the early returns are positive.
7 Charts Explaining Baltimore's Economic and Racial Struggles
Some people in Baltimore face some of the worst life prospects in the nation.
Op-Ed: Structural accountability after Freddie Gray
"Baltimore's healing and hope lie beyond the smoke and in the kinds of social investments necessary to support the essential fabric of community — and which are profoundly lacking in Baltimore…
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LTE: Lessons From Baltimore, and Beyond
JPI's Marc Schindler and the Prison Policy Initiative's Peter Wagner weigh in on Freddie Gray, Baltimore, and making the right investment for the city and its residents.
Wickham: Focus on Freddie Gray's neighborhood
His death is a small part of the decades-old human tragedy crying out for help.
Obama’s Justice Department turned down cop training for Baltimore
The Justice Department turned down a request to help the Baltimore Police Department save a training program widely credited for improving the department’s relations with the city’s…
Martin O'Malley, Baltimore's Prodigal Mayor, Gets to Work
The mayor who had brought New York-style “zero tolerance” policing to Baltimore has to confront critics, long after he is in a position to change.
The Recovery Diaries: Treatment for Substance Abuse Now Favored Over Punishment
"We’ve criminalized addiction in this country to a point where an employer may hesitate to hire someone if they know they’ve had trouble in the past... I think all of those things keep…
Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’
The neighborhood where Freddie Gray came of age has survived harrowing rates of unemployment, poor health, violent crime and incarceration.
Aggressive Policing, Series of Errors Blamed in Freddie Gray's Death
"This is a story of a series of systemic, institutional errors that created these conditions... If the arresting officers had been trained properly, this would have been far less likely to happen."
Baltimore Is Burning -- Not Just in Flames, But With a Righteous Anger
"Where there is anger, there is the passion to make the future different, better, more equitable, more just. Where things have been torn down, they can be built up again."
Who is Freddie Gray, whose death is at the center of Baltimore's unrest?
The unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray has left portions of the city in ruins and again elevated the national debate over police treatment of African Americans. Yet little is known…
The Education of D.C.: How Washington D.C.’s investments in education can help increase public safety.
This brief examines the intersection of education and public safety in Washington, D.C.

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