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The Cost of Crimmigration: Exploring the Intersection Between Criminal Justice and Immigration

Exploring the intersection between criminal justice and immigration

How ‘Raise the Age’ Laws Might Reduce Recidivism

Citing JPI's Raise the Age report. 

Raise the Age

Shifting to a safer and more effective juvenile justice system.

Improving Approaches to Serving Young Adults in the Justice System

JPI convened advocates, policymakers, practitioners, funders, and directly impacted individuals to flesh out what more effective approaches to serving young adults in the justice system.

Crime Statistics and Holistic Violence Prevention

As homicides increase in America, learn how we can invest in holistic approaches in violence prevention.

Defining Violence: Reducing Incarceration by Rethinking America's Approach to Violence

In Defining Violence, JPI says it's impossible the U.S. will be able to lower its incarceration rate significantly without changing how the justice system treats violent crimes. 

Parole Perspectives in Maryland: A Survey of People Who Returned to Prison from Parole and Community Supervision Agents

A new analysis from JPI shows the connection between efforts to reduce prison populations, connect people to work, and address the challenges of Baltimore’s distressed communities.

The Right Investment? Corrections Spending in Baltimore City

According to a new report released today by the Justice Policy Institute and the Prison Policy Initiative, Maryland taxpayers are spending $5 million or more to incarcerate people from each of about half of Baltimore’s communities.

Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

Our new report, Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration, provides estimates of the overall costs resulting from the negative outcomes associated with youth incarceration, costing taxpayers $8 billion to $21 billion each year.

JPI "Maryland Month" Series

JPI named September 2014 "Maryland Month" and published a series of factsheets and graphics highlighting various aspects of the Maryland justice system.

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 commonwealths sentencing, corrections and criminal justice system. While other states are successfully reforming their sentencing laws, parole policies and drug laws, Virginia is lagging behind and spending significant funds that could be used more effectively to benefit public safety in the commonwealth.

Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair

Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair points to reforms that, if implemented, would result in relief for Virginians directly impacted by the justice system and taxpayers alike.

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.

Incarceration Generation Timeline

The Justice Policy Institute's 2013 published "Incarceration Generation," a coffee-table book of essays detailing the rise of mass incarceration over the last 40 years, features this pull-out timeline poster chronicling criminal justice reform from 1973 to 2013.

DC Council Testimony on CFSA Budget Oversight Hearing

Testimony by Paul D. Ashton Research & Grants Coordinator, Justice Policy Institute

Video: A Blueprint for Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C.

This film is based on a series of briefs focusing on youth-serving systems in the District that include: education, mental health, employment and child welfare. When considered together, the research offers a blue print for improved systems and suggests collaboration in supporting youth to ensure better public safety outcomes for the District as a whole.

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, community instability, parental incarceration and parental substance abuse and mental health issues, according to a report released today by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI). In protecting children from abuse and neglect, child protective agencies are responsible for working closely with parents and families to ensure that child removal is the last resort. Even amidst aggressive reforms, the District is still removing children from their homes at higher rates than other comparable cities, which adversely impacts the goal of increasing positive life outcomes for youth who are involved in the child welfare system.

Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Public Safety and Outcomes for Youth

Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut highlights the past two decades of Connecticut’s successful efforts to improve responses to youth who engage in delinquent behavior and to reduce the number of youth placed into detention centers, correctional training schools, and/or other residential facilities.Specifically, the state reduced residential commitments from 680 in 2000 to 216 in 2011 (nearly 70 percent), even though most 16 year-olds, who were previously treated as adults, are now handled in the juvenile system.

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.

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 important for protecting the physical well-being of students, teachers, and staff, but also for maintaining a productive learning environment.

Drop in Crime Continues in the U.S.

Crime continues to drop throughout the United States, according to the full 2011 Uniform Crime Report released by the FBI on October 29, 2012. The Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a Washington, D.C. based organization dedicated to justice reform, says that the lesson for policymakers is that crime can continue to fall, even as states move away from mass incarceration.

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.

Bailing on Baltimore: Voices from the Front Lines of the Justice System

Third report in the series on bail that connects the first two quantitative reports on money bail and the for-profit bail industry to the actual experiences of people who have been involved in the system.

For Better or For Profit: How the Bail Bonding Industry Stands in the Way of Fair and Effective Pretrial Justice

Second in series on bail recommends the U.S. should end for-profit bail bonding; promote and further institutionalize pretrial services; and require greater transparency within the industry.

Bail Fail: Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of Using Money for Bail

JPI's newest analysis shows that the practice of using money to decide release while awaiting trial unfairly impacts low-income communities.

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