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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Finding Direction: Expanding Criminal Justice Options by Considering Policies of Other Nations
- Amanda Petteruti, Justice Policy Institute, Apr 20, 2011
- 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
- Justice Policy Institute & Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, Feb 24, 2011
- 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
- Paul Ashton, Justice Policy Institute, Feb 2, 2011
- This brief details a roundtable convened by JPI examining the role of victims in justice reform.
Fact Sheet on 2009 FBI Uniform Crime Report
- Justice Policy Institute, Sep 14, 2010
- 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
- Justice Policy Institute, Jun 24, 2010
- 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
- Justice Policy Institute, Jun 8, 2010
- 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
- Justice Policy Institute, Jun 2, 2010
- Reducing prison populations and maintaining public safety can both be accomplished while allowing state taxpayers to save money with more effective programs, group says.
Factsheet on 2009 FBI Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report
- Justice Policy Institute, May 24, 2010
- Drop in crime comes as states seek ways to reduce prison populations and improve savings for state budgets.
Fact Sheet: DOJ Report on Prisoners in 2008
- Justice Policy Institute, Dec 11, 2009
- The Department of Justice released its annual survey of prisons this week, reporting that more than 1.6 million people are currently incarcerated in a federal or state prison. The report shows that…
Fact Sheet: Response to 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report (Full)
- Justice Policy Institute, Sep 15, 2009
- The full 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report was released Monday, September 14, 2009 with the positive news that the United States experienced a 1.9 percent decline in violent crimes and a 0.8 percent…
Bearing Witness: Baltimore City’s Residents Give Voice
- Apr 1, 2009
- Bearing Witness is the culmination of interviews with people from Baltimore City about their experiences with the criminal justice system. Compared to the rest of Maryland, Baltimore City faces a…
The Release Valve: Parole in Maryland
- Justice Policy Institute, Mar 5, 2009
- In the current difficult economic situation, states are searching for ways to reduce spending while maintaining safe communities. With a $68 billion prison system holding over 2.3 million people in…
Fact Sheet: Response to 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report
- Justice Policy Institute, Jan 14, 2009
- The FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report was released Monday, January 12th with the news that the United States experienced a 3.5 percent decline in the number of reported violent offenses…
Moving Target: A Decade of Resistance to the Prison Industrial Complex
- Amanda Petteruti and Nastassia Walsh, Sep 25, 2008
- For the past 10 years, Critical Resistance has helped advocates imagine the possibility of a world without bars. If our country is to truly reclaim its communities, the criminal justice system must…
Factsheet: Response to 2007 FBI Uniform Crime Report
- Justice Policy Institute, Sep 15, 2008
- The FBI Uniform Crime Report was released Monday, September 15th with the news that the United States experienced a 1.4 percent decline in the violent crime rate and a 2.1 percent decline in the…
Jailing Communities: The Impact of Jail Expansion and Effective Jail Expansion and Public Safety Strategies
- Amanda Petteruti and Nastassia Walsh, Apr 1, 2008
- Communities are bearing the cost of a massive explosion in the jail population which has nearly doubled in less than two decades. The research found that jails are now warehousing more people--who…
Fact Sheet: Response to 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report
- Justice Policy Institute, Sep 24, 2007
- The 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report generated concerns over a slight uptick in violent crimes. A one-year change in arrests cannot be interpreted as a “trend,” and that no single factor can…
Factsheet: Response to Preliminary 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report
- Justice Policy Institute, Jun 5, 2007
- The 2006 Preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report is a survey of law enforcement agencies and includes only crimes reported to those agencies.
Fact Sheet: Percent Change in Incarceration and Crime Rates - State by State 1994-2004
- Justice Policy Institute, Feb 2, 2007
- Percent Change in Incarceration and Crime Rates, 1998-2007
Factsheet: Maryland Crime Ads in Context
- Justice Policy Institute, Oct 30, 2006
- This factsheet includes background data and findings to put the recent television and web-based campaign advertisements by the candidates for governor of Maryland into context.
Fact Sheet: Response to FBI's Uniform Crime Report
- Justice Policy Institute, Oct 1, 2006
- The recently released 2005 Uniform Crime Reports, a Justice Department survey administered by the FBI that shows national arrests trends, have renewed concern that crime is on the rise.
Crime Statistics and the Washington, D.C. "Crime Emergency:" What is the Real Crisis and How Should We Respond
- Jason Ziedenberg, Sep 29, 2006
- Crime, the causes of crime, and potential solutions to the Districts’ crime problems are more complicated and nuanced than they have been portrayed by law enforcement and politicians during the…
You are Safer than You Think: Crime and Public Opinion on Fear of Crime
- Justice Policy Institute, Aug 1, 2006
- While the overall crime picture in Washington D.C. has not changed dramatically, the proportion of registered voters concerned about crime has surged, according to polling conducted by The Washington…
DC Crime Emergency In Context
- Justice Policy Institute, Jul 1, 2006
- The Mayor’s emergency proposal to crackdown on D.C. youth through an historic erosion of youth protections, and increased surveillance and policing is not justified by crime data or best…
2005 Crime Rise in Context
- Justice Policy Institute, Oct 1, 2005
- This factsheet includes bindings based on a longer timeline as context for policy choices that may impact crime and public safety.
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