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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.

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
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Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms
Recidivism Rates Highlight Need for Deeper Reforms
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…
Va. Justice System Headed for Crisis Washington Think Tank Says Small Changes to Virginia Laws Could Make Big Differences
Richmong Times Dispatch covers JPI's policy brief entitled, Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective, and Unfair.
JPI Publishes Incarceration Generation Book; Booksignings Scheduled Across the Country
The Justice Policy Institute is proud to unveil "Incarceration Generation," a coffee-table book of essays detailing the rise of mass incarceration over the last 40 years.
JPI Partners with PJI for Bail Month
This month, JPI, in partnership with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), aims to educate the public on the need for bail reform for the second year in a row. New reports, a national phone call…
JJIE Launches New Juvenile Justice Hub, Explores Mental Health
Follow pathways from the stories to a new comprehensive Juvenile Justice Resource Hub developed in partnership with the National Juvenile Justice Network and the MacArthur Foundation.
President Obama Points to Criminal Justice System During March on Washington Anniversary
As President Obama said today from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. justice system should not be a pipeline from underfunded schools and to overcrowded jails. Adding to that sentiment…
Meet JPI's New Executive Director, Marc Schindler 9.18.13
Join us 9.18.13 for a meet & greet in honor of JPI's newly named Executive Director, Marc Schindler at the offices of our friends at the ACLU. RSVP here .
MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth
Building on its nearly 20-year, $150 million investment in supporting juvenile justice reform, MacArthur announced an additional commitment of $15 million to the field, in part to establish the new…
Fostering Change: How Investing In D.C.’s Child Welfare System Can Keep Kids Out of the Prison Pipeline
Children in Washington, D.C.’s child welfare system are at greater risk for involvement in the justice system due to abuse, neglect and home removal that stem from conditions of poverty,…
Two New Reports Show Juvenile Confinement Reform in Five States
Removing young people who engage in delinquent behavior from their homes and communities and incarcerating them, is no longer the status quo in five states, say two new reports by JPI.
More Police - In Schools and Out - Not the Answer
President's prescription to prevent another Newtown tragedy will cause more ills than it cures.
President Obama: Just Say No to More Police in Schools
Today, President Obama will issue his Administration's recommendations following last month's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools
The presence of school resource officers in schools, drives up arrests, causes lasting harm to youth, and disrupts the educational process.
Measured Responses: Why increasing law enforcement in schools is not an effective public safety response to the Newtown tragedy
In light of the horrific school shootings this month in Newtown, Connecticut, some have called for increasing armed police presence in schools. School safety should be a priority: it is not only…
JPI Celebrates 15th Year of Criminal Justice Reform!
hank you for helping to make the Justice Policy Institute a leading voice in criminal justice reform over the last 15 years. From December 2012 to December 2013 we will be celebrating this important…
Fact Sheet on 2011 FBI Uniform Crime Report
Crime continues to drop throughout the United States, according to the full 2011 Uniform Crime Report released by the FBI on October 30, 2012. The Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a Washington, D.C.…
Drop in Crime Continues in the U.S.
Reductions are seen in arrests for drug abuse violations as well as property and violent crimes.
Report recommends reform of bail system
JPI In the News
JPI Participates in Life Sentences in America Panel October 24, 2012
JPI Executive Director Tracy Velazquez joins a panel of experts on the issue of serving life sentences.
Release: JPI Stands by Data in 2002 on Education and Incarceration
The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) took issue with a new film being screened nationally – and soon, internationally. The film, entitled “Hoodwinked,” wrongly accuses the Justice…
Cellblocks or Classrooms?: The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and its Impact on African American Men
The mild recession that began in 2001, aggravated by the events of September 11th, put state revenue into a tailspin in 2002, resulting in a $40 billion budget shortfall between what states planned…
Release: “It’s a Hustle:” Baltimoreans Say Bail System Should Be Reformed, For-Profit Bail Bonding Outlawed
Final report in series on money bail gives snapshot of system from residents’ point of view
Release: The Bail Bond Industry is For Profit, But Not For Good
New report supports elimination of for-profit bail bonding as part of justice system
September is JPI Bail Month: Attend one of our Events, Read our Reports, Spread the Word
This month, JPI is dedicating all of its resources to educating the public on bail. Learn more during one of our three events and read our three reports.
Release: Money Bail Serves No Purpose in a Fair, Effective Justice System
New analysis shows using money to decide release while awaiting trial unfairly impacts low-income communities, should be replaced with practices that better protect public safety and reduce social…
JPI Newsletter: Bail Month, Tackling Virginia's Harsh Justice Policies and More
Highlighted in this edition of our newsletter: a preview of JPI Bail Month, a new film project with award-winning directors, our new reform efforts in Virginia, and more!
Testimony of Justice Policy Institute Before the Maryland Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights
The Justice Policy Institute recently testified before the Maryland State Advisory Committee on civil right violations generated from racial disparities in the Maryland justice system. As the U.S.…
Release: D.C. Youth Need Treatment, Not Punishment, for Mental Health Problems
DC should prioritize children’s mental health as a proactive measure to stem contact with the justice system, improve long term outcomes for youth
Release: National and State Experts to Highlight Causes, Remedies for Racial Disparities in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System
National and State Experts to Highlight Causes, Remedies for Racial Disparities in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System MD Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Hold…
United States Continuing to Overspend on Police, Despite Decreasing Crime Rates
Although crime rates are at the lowest they have been in over 30 years, the number of arrests has declined only slightly between 2009 and 20102 and the U.S. still spends more than $100 billion on…
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.
Working for a Better Future: How expanding employment opportunities for D.C’s youth creates public safety benefits for all residents
This brief examines the intersection of youth employment and public safety in Washington, D.C.
Release: United States Continuing to Overspend on Police, Despite Decreasing Crime Rates
United States Continuing to Overspend on Police, Despite Decreasing Crime Rates New Report shows U.S. spends over $100 billion a year on policing, frequently at the expense of communities of color…
Youth Employment Investments will Pay Public Safety Dividends
Effective job assistance and training programs set youth on a positive path toward the future
JPI Spring 2013 Newsletter: First Quarter Successes, Transitions
In this issue: Peter Leone, Ph.D., Acting Director New Year, New Research JPI at Forefront of School Police Debate Stanford University Students Spend…
DC Council Testimony on CFSA Budget Oversight Hearing
Testimony by Paul D. Ashton Research & Grants Coordinator, Justice Policy Institute
Editorial: Be Tough on Crime Spending
Editorial published by the Roanoke Times Dispatch in response to JPI's Virginia's Justice System policy brief . A critical report on Virginia’s truth-in-sentencing system raises hard…
BAIL REFORM UPDATE 2013: Pretrial Services Programs Refined and Expanded Their Reach, while the Bail Industry Continued to Fight Forfeiture Collection and Non-financial Release
This brief provides an update on pretrial and bail reform over the last year as a follow up to JPI's 2012 Bail Month Report Series.
11.14.13: Panel Discussion, Release of New Virginia Brief & "Incarceration Generation" Booksigning in Richmond, VA
The Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration in partnership with Virginia Union University's Center for the Study of the Urban Child invite you to Virginia Union University as the Justice…
Virginia’s Justice System Needs Overhaul, New JPI Policy Brief Finds
Justice Policy Institute Analysis Points to Commonwealth’s Misguided and Expensive Policies
JPI Bail Report Series
JPI published three reports on the U.S. bail system in an effort to raise public awareness on an issue that is not often highlighted -- and one that most people do not fully understand.
Despite No Evidence of Positive Impact on School Safety, Justice Department Awards $45 Million to Fund Additional School Resource Officers Positions Nationwide
Today, President Obama issued his Administration's recommendations to increase funding for school resource officers (SROs) in an effort to curb school violence – an offshoot from last…

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