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Criminal Justice (Adult)

With nearly 2.4 million people incarcerated, the United States is home to the world’s highest incarceration rate. In total, 7 million people are under some form of correctional supervision, and a disproportionate number of these are people of color. With many policies driven by a desire to punish rather than knowledge of what improves community safety, and politics and profit playing an increasing role, the criminal justice system costs too much, doesn’t work, and isn’t fair.

Here, you can find JPI reports, briefs and factsheets on the adult criminal justice system and policies, practices and alternatives to the justice system-based solutions to social problems.

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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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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.
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…
Wrong Track for Savings: How Florida’s prison population became a runaway train, and why better policies, not private prisons, can put the brakes on correctional costs
How Florida’s prison population became a runaway train, and why better policies, not private prisons, can put the brakes on correctional costs
When Treatment is Punishment: The Effects of Maryland's Incompetency to Stand Trial Policies and Practices
In FY2010, the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration provided 789 pretrial screenings and evaluations for incompetency to stand trial, 77 percent of which were for the District Courts...
Crime, Incarceration Down in 2010
According to FBI Uniform Crime report data released today, violent and property crimes are down across the country while states are reducing prison populations.
Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies
Report examining how private prison companies wield influence over legislators and policy, ultimately resulting in harsher criminal justice policies and the incarceration of more people.
Due South: Looking to the South for Criminal Justice Innovations
Recognizing the significant costs associated with high incarceration rates, a number of Southern states have implemented innovative strategies for reducing prison and jail populations.
FBI: Crime Fell in 2010
According to the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report, violent and property crime is down nationally. This comes at a time when state prison populations feel and states spent less money on corrections.
Creating the Roadmap for Reduction: Reducing the Number of Women in Prison in Alabama
This brief is a summary of the process that JPI used to develop recommendations and support their implementation, as well as a summary of how the recommendations worked to reduce the number of women…
Finding Direction: Expanding Criminal Justice Options by Considering Policies of Other Nations
Amidst a fiscal crisis and dropping crime rates, policymakers in the U.S. ought to consider looking outside its borders for examples of effective criminal justice policies.
Documentary: Blocking the Exit
A documentary to better understand the profound impact that requiring Governor approval of parole for lifers has had in Maryland.
Moving Toward a Public Safety Paradigm: A Roundtable Discussion on Victims and Criminal Justice Reform
This brief details a roundtable convened by JPI examining the role of victims in justice reform.
Fact Sheet on 2009 FBI Uniform Crime Report
Crime is down in all regions of the country, according to the full 2009 Uniform Crime Report released by the FBI on September 13, 2010. The Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a Washington, D.C. based…
Shifting the Problem: Fact Sheet on Proposed California Community Corrections Enhancement Act
California’s Prison Reduction Plan Will Overburden Counties; Misses the Mark. Shifting prison population to jails will increase costs and incarceration rates.
Baltimore Behind Bars: How to Reduce the Jail Population, Save Money and Improve Public Safety
The Baltimore jail system is one of the oldest and largest pretrial facilities in the country, holding around 4,000 people on any given day...
For Immediate Release: How to Safely Reduce Prison Populations and Support People Returning to Their Communities
Reducing prison populations and maintaining public safety can both be accomplished while allowing state taxpayers to save money with more effective programs, group says.

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