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Community Corrections in Ohio-Cost Savings and Program Effectiveness

Commuity corrections programs are generally cheaper, because they entail shorter periods of control, but are also thought to be more effective than residential prisons and jails in reducing future criminal behavior.

Cellblocks or Classrooms?: The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and its Impact on African American Men

The mild recession that began in 2001, aggravated by the events of September 11th, put state revenue into a tailspin in 2002, resulting in a $40 billion budget shortfall between what states planned to spend and the revenue they expected to raise.

Workforce and Youth Development: Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce and Youth Development for Young Offenders

With juvenile crime and justice receiving sustained attention and study, employment and training programs for court-involved young people have been examined as providing solutions to some of the challenges facing the nation’s juvenile justice system.

Returning Adult Offenders in DC: A Road Map to Neighborhood Based Reentry

This report seeks to determine the extent to which D.C. residents and criminal justice policymakers favor deepening and expanding the pool of community-based services for the supervision and treatment of D.C. offenders.

Cutting Correctly: New Prison Policies for Times of Fiscal Crisis

It cost nearly $40 billion to imprison approximately two million state and local inmates in 2000, up from $5billion in 1978. Twenty-four billion of that was spent on incarceration for non-violent offenders.  

Reducing Racial Disparities: Reducing Disproportionate Detention of Minority Youth - Pathways 8

Over the past two decades, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has organized and funded a series of projects aimed at safely minimizing populations in juvenile correctional facilities through fairer, better informed system policies and practices and the use of effective community-based alternatives.

Reducing Disproportionate Minority Confinement: The Multnomah County, Oregon Success Story and its Implications

The vast majority of youth in a detention center are awaiting trial for non-violent acts, and many should not be held in locked custody.

A Tale of Two Jurisdictions: Youth Crime and Detention Rates in Maryland the District of Columbia

Several hundred thousand youth churn through our nation’s detention facilities each year – youth who have been arrested, but not convicted, of any charges.

Schools and Suspensions: Self-Reported Crime and the Growing Use of Suspensions

In 1998, in the wake of tragic shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas, West Paducah, Kentucky, Pearl, Mississippi and other communities, the Justice Policy Institute sought to inject some context and data analysis into the discussion of school violence.

Drugs and Disparity: The Racial Impact of Illinois' Practice of Transferring Young Drug Offenders to Adult Court

As a result of laws passed in the mid-80s, 99% percent of the youth in Cook County, Illinois transferred to adult court for drug crimes are African-American or Latino.

Off Balance: Youth, Race & Crime in the News

In January 2000, the Building Blocks for Youth initiative issued its first report, The Color of Justice, which found that youth of color in California were more than eight times as likely to be incarcerated by adult courts as White youth for equally serious crimes.

Too Little Too Late: President Clinton's Prison Legacy

The latest criminal justice statistics show that it was actually Democratic President Bill Clinton who implemented arguably the most punitive platform on crime in the last two decades.

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.

Poor Prescription: The Cost of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States

Americans will spend nearly $40 billion on prisons and jails in the year 2000. Almost $24 billion of that will go to incarcerate 1.2 million nonviolent offenders.

The Punishing Decade: Prison and Jail Estimates at the Millennium

As the century draws to a close, we can safely predict that America will end the 1990s by having put more people behind bars than in any other decade in our history.

School House Hype: Two Years Later

In this report, JPI compares the notion that children faced growing risks of violent death by gunfire with the statistical reality of school shootings.

The Florida Experiment: An analysis of the practice of granting prosecutors discretion to try juveniles as adults

Florida is one of 15 states that allow prosecutors–not a judge–to decide whether children arrested for crimes ranging from shoplifting to robbery should be dealt with in the juvenile justice or criminal justice system.

Second Chances: 100 Years of the Children's Court, Giving Kids a Chance to Make a Better Choice

Before women could vote and while segregation was still the law of the land, their efforts led to the creation of the first juvenile court in the world, which opened its doors on July 3, 1899 in Chicago, Illinois.

America's One Million Nonviolent Prisoners

Most of the growth in America’s prisons since 1978 is accounted for by nonviolent offenders and 1998 is the first year in which America’s prisons and jails incarcerated more than 1 million nonviolent offenders.

Half-Truths:The Complicated Story of D.C.'s Halfway House "Escapees"

In an analysis of escapees from DC halfway housesm, we discovered a mixture of legitimate concerns, crossed lines of authority, and scanty data. However, we also found errors that undermine the picture painted of what is happening in our halfway houses.

Striking Out: The Failure of California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” Law

The law was dubbed “three-strikes and you’re out” because of its provision requiring 25 to life prison terms for defendants convicted of any felony who were already convicted of two “serious” or “violent” felonies.

Class Dismissed: Higher Education vs. Corrections During the Wilson Years

An increase in funding for Higher Education represents a step in the right direction, but this is an unusual year in that California had a 4 billion-dollar surplus at the end of the 1997-1998 budget.

New York State of Mind: Higher Education vs. Prison Funding in the Empire State, 1988-1998

Last spring, just days before New Yorkers were to mark the 25th anniversary of the state’s Rockefeller Drug Laws - a mandatory sentencing scheme that requires long prison terms for the possession or sale of a relatively small amount of drugs - Gov. George Pataki announced a series of vetoes to the state budget.

School House Hype: School Shootings and the Real Risks Kids Face in America

During the 1997-98 school year, the American public was riveted by the images: small town and suburban schools taped off by police-lines, paramedics rushing to wheel tiny bodies away on gurneys and kids being carted off in hand-cuffs.

Runaway Juvenile Crime?: The context of juvenile arrests in America

Supporters of S-10 are pulling statistics out of context in order to drive a hysterical sense that juvenile crime is on the rise.

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