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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. Below are JPI's most recent press releases. For other criminal and juvenile justice related news headlines use the navigation bar on the right.

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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…
Happy Election Day! Get out & vote!
With so many significant issues on the ballot, we encourage everyone to vote in this crucial election. Check out several helpful resources here...
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.
Marc Schindler Testifies in Support of DC's Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act
Earlier today, JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler testified before the DC Council in support of the Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act (YOARA), which strives to reduce the…
Jason Ziedenberg Testifies in Support of DC's Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act
Earlier today, JPI's Director of Research & Policy, Jason Ziedenberg, testified before the DC Council in support of the Youth Offender Accountability & Rehabilitation Act, which strives to…
Why Youth Employment Matters
JPI's Executive Director, Marc Schindler writes for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on the intersection between youth workforce development and juvenile justice reform.
Marc Schindler Pushes Back Against Calls for Increased Security at Woodland Hills Juvenile Detention Center
JPI's Executive Director, Marc Schindler, spoke out against calls by Tennessee officials for increased security at Woodland Hills Juvenile Detention Center, prompted by several recent escape attempts…
Jason Ziedenberg Comments on Juvenile Detention following Incident in Tennessee
Responding to the recent escape of 32 teens from Tennessee's Woodland Hills Detention Center, JPI's Director of Policy & Research, Jason Ziedenberg, comments on the broader juvenile justice…
Last Week of #MarylandMonth!
"Maryland Month" enters its final week as JPI releases its latest factsheet on community supervision (paroles & probation) in Maryland, available here...
NYT Letter to the Editor: "At Rikers, a Need for Accountability"
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler, responds to a recent New York Times article about attempts to cover up widespread abuse at Rikers Island.
#MarylandMonth Continues...
"Maryland Month" marches on as JPI releases its latest factsheet on prisons in Maryland, available here...
Federal Leadership Moving in Right Direction with New Grants
JPI's Executive Director, Marc Schindler writes for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on the recent collaboration between the Office of Justice Programs and the John D. and Catherine T.…
September is #MarylandMonth at JPI!
In honor of "Maryland Month," JPI will be highlighting various aspects of the Maryland justice system throughout the month of September...
JPI Spring Newsletter
A New Year, A New JPI Our Work in Maryland and Virginia Increasing Awareness Through Film Incarceration Generation Book Tour Executive…
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
Billion Dollar Divide: Virginia's Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice Challenge
Billion Dollar Divide points to racial disparities, skewed fiscal priorities, and missed opportunities for improvements through proposed legislation, and calls for reforms to the commonwealth…
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: 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
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
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…
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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