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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 organization dedicated to justice reform, says that the economic crisis has forced policymakers to make more informed decisions on public safety strategies yielding decreases in incarceration.

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.

Factsheet on 2009 FBI Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report

Drop in crime comes as states seek ways to reduce prison populations and improve savings for state budgets.

Fact Sheet: Response to 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report (Full)

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 decline in property crimes reported in 2008. This drop in crime came at a time when the prison and jail growth rates fell from previous years.

Factsheet: DC Crime and Arrest Statistics

Locking up youth in adult jails is not an effective method for increasing public safety in District neighborhoods, as youth are responsible for only a small percentage of the crimes committed in D.C.

Fact Sheet: Response to 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report

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 explain changes in arrests across the nation, or within a jurisdiction.

Factsheet: Response to Preliminary 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report

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

Percent Change in Incarceration and Crime Rates, 1998-2007

2005 Crime Rise in Context

This factsheet includes bindings based on a longer timeline as context for policy choices that may impact crime and public safety.

Ganging Up on Communities: Putting Gang Crime in Context

In an effort to better understand the national public safety impact of gangs, this policy brief examines leading national indicators of crime to put the concern around gangs in the context of those crime trends.

Ganging Up on Crime?

The Bush administration and Congress support huge cuts to programs that serve youth, which is likely to do more to destabilize communities and aggravate crime than promote public safety.

Tipping Point: Maryland's Overuse of Incarceration and the Impact on Public Safety

This policy brief highlights the large number of people being removed from Maryland communities and its impact on public safety.

Texas Tough: An Analysis of Incarceration and Crime Trends in The Lone Star State

Since 1990, nearly one in five new prisoners added to the nation’s prisons (18%) was in Texas.

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