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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.

For media inquiries, contact Elizabeth McCabe Deal, Communications Director, at (202) 558-7974 x308 or (202) 320-1029.

Increase in Homicides Unlikely to Derail Juvenile Justice Reforms, Observers Say
An increase in homicides in major cities across the country this year is unlikely to hamper juvenile justice reform efforts.
Ruger and Gastanaga: Toward smart justice reform
The Charles Koch Institute and the ACLU of Virginia come together to advocate for criminal justice reform.
The Short, Hard Life Of Freddie Gray
Baltimore burned after Gray's death because his demise was emblematic.
The Perils of Probation
Letter in response to the New York Times piece On Probation, Lives Can Run Far Off Track .
Advocates, Analysts See Pivotal Moment in Push for Reforms
President Obama’s speech on criminal justice reform last month included a familiar refrain for juvenile justice reformers: “Kids are different.”
After More Than Two Decades, Should Virginia Give Parole A Second Chance?
VA's parole system has become a topic of conversation in recent months, the result of a new commission created by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Gov. Hogan announces 'immediate' closure of Baltimore jail
On Thursday, July 30, Gov. Hogan announced the immediate closing of the Baltimore City Detention Center.
State to save up to $15M annually by closing Baltimore City Detention Center
The state of MD will save $10 million-$15 million per year by closing Baltimore City Detention Center.
Statement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of closing Baltimore jail
Statement on Governor Hogan’s announcement of closing Baltimore jail
How to Stop Jail Suicides
Sandra Bland’s death was preventable on multiple levels. A jail architect explains how design failed her nearly as badly as the police.
President Obama Spends Day in Federal Prison... Houston Leaders Bring Attention to Texas
President Barack Obama surprised many last week by making an appearance in a place where no president has appeared before - a federal penitentiary.
America’s Lockup Complex
Year-over-year, America sets new prison records. No other nation on Earth comes close to America’s “lock’em up” ethos.
Big business built the prison state. Why should we trust them to tear it down?
The Koch brothers have connections to lobbying groups that harmed inmates, yet they are becoming vocal advocates for prison reform.
A national agenda for criminal justice reform: Not just second chances, but a rational first response
During a powerful speech to the NAACP convention on Tuesday, President Obama outlined sweeping reforms to ensure our justice system is more fair and effective.
Social media driving policy
President Obama’s recent tweets about mass incarceration bring policy discussions to the public.
A Much-Needed Alternative to Youth Prisons
Shaena Fazal and Jeff Fleischer of Youth Advocate Programs comment on Patrick McCarthy's ideas about closing youth prisons.
Prisons, Community Corrections, Rehabilitation and Re-integration
JPI's Jason Ziedenberg discusses prisons, community corrections, and rehabilitation and re-integration of formerly incarcerated people.
Problems With Parole In America
Criminal justice reform experts discuss problems with parole in America on the Kojo show.
Criminal Justice Experts: Bail System Needs More Than Reform, It Needs to Be Scrapped
Unless we deal with the issue of police interactions, the bail system and everything else is just a bunch of bandaids.
Schapiro: Which side will benefit from parole gambit?
Republicans want to make this a debate about safe streets. Perhaps McAuliffe, the self-styled Jobs Governor, can make it about economic opportunity.
The Dark Realities Of Being A Minor in Prison
Marc Schindler, JPI's executive director, discusses the realities of being a minor in prison on HuffPost Live.
NLC to Hold Leadership Academy on Juvenile Justice Reform
The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will host its second Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy from September 23-25, 2015 in…
Rethink incarceration in Virginia
Amanda Petteruti, Justice Policy Institute's senior research associate, wrote a letter to the editor in response to a Washington Post article entitled “ Va. to revisit parole option .”
The Left's Latest Big Money Target: For-Profit Prisons
Columbia has just become the first university in the U.S. to divest from private prison companies.
Statement on Virginia Parole Review and Update Commission
JPI responds to this significant event
JPI is proud to announce its newest board member
The Justice Policy Institute is proud to announce its newest board member, Marcus Bullock
Soros Fellow Partners With JPI
Rachel Herzing, 2015 Soros Fellow, partners with JPI to explore an unconventional approach to community safety
Watch John Oliver explain why the US bail system is terrible
John Oliver's latest target is the US bail system that hurts low-income defendants while allowing the wealthy to pay their way to freedom.
Bringing an End to the Incarceration Generation
The good news is that more today is known than ever before about what works and doesn't work to address offending and promote safety....
New Prison Reform Law Creates 'Momentum,' But Limitations Could Lessen Impact
New legislation would give Oklahoma’s judges more discretion in sentencing certain nonviolent offenders.
Silverberg: Progress requires investing now for future gains
Silverberg outlines the "instant-gratification society" that we live in today, where we fight the notion to save for future needs and instead work towards...
Will Baltimore’s troubles handicap O’Malley’s White House hopes?
O’Malley fashions himself as a no-nonsense crime fighter, but his city has not only become a national monument to urban devastation, but it is experiencing one of its worst murder sprees in…
Want to reduce mass incarceration? Do no harm and invest in people and communities
Within the last year, “mass incarceration” has become a buzzword...
Investing in jobs and schools in Sandtown is a better solution than filling jail cells
What is the right investment in public safety in Sandtown, and how can we unlock resources to build stronger, safer neighborhoods?
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 United States...
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
Are For-Profit Prisons, or Public Unions, the Biggest Lobby No One’s Talking About?
Outrage over private prisons are largely a distraction from the wider issues of the prison-industrial complex.
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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