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Statement on the conviction of Derek Chauvin
Last summer, America stood transfixed as it watched, over and over, footage of a police officer killing a man in broad daylight, kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. For all Americans…
Let’s End Solitary for Youth During COVID—and After
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler Michael Umpierre, Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown, discuss the harmful impacts of solitary confinement for youth and calls to…
How My Arrest at Age 13 Changed the Shape of My Life
JPI's Associate Tyrone Walker reflects on youth, family, injustice and relationships with police.
Proactive COVID-19 testing of Maryland inmates protects all of us
Chris Beyrer and JPI's Director of Research and Policy Ryan King discuss the need for COVID-19 testing, PPE, and vaccinations in Maryland prisons and jails to prevent further death in this ongoing…
It's time to acknowledge that long prison terms do not prevent violence
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler and Director of Research and Policy Ryan King discuss we need to address incarcerated people serving long sentences for serious and violent crimes to truly…
D.C.’s promising initiative for young incarcerated people
JPI's Associate Tyrone Walker and Joel Castón discuss D.C. Jail’s Young Men Emerging Unit.
Youth Prisons: Why Are We Paying to be Less Safe?
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler and JPI's Associate Tyrone Walker discuss the need to close youth prisons and create more equitable and effective systems of youth justice.
When America's schools reopen, police don't belong there
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses SROs and JPI's "The Presence of School Resource Officers in America’s Schools" report.
Adult Court is No Place for Young People
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler and Campaign for Youth Justice's Marcy Mistrett argue that subjecting youth to adult court puts them in harmful conditions of confinement and worsens racial…
The COVID-19 ‘Catch-22’ for Young People Behind Bars
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler d iscusses the current reality of y outh in juvenile facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Behind Bars: Release Can Be ‘Lethal’ Without Help
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses how, as a response to COVID-19, the release of many individuals from facilities nationwide need reentry support; there is an urgent need for proper…
Staff, Youth at Enormous Risk of COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses how both staff and youth inside correctional facilities are exposed and ill-equipped for the pandemic.
After the COVID-19 Release of Prisoners, Who Will Help Them?
JPI's Associate Tyrone Walker shares his experiences and why officials must immediately begin reducing incarcerated populations, beginning with both those safest to release and most at-risk from…
Let’s keep youth justice from making the coronavirus worse
JPI's Executive Director Marc Schindler reflects on how r eleasing low risk incarcerated youth will help curb the coronavirus and improve the justice system.
Connecticut has reason to celebrate on youth justice reforms
JPI's Executive Director reflects on Connecticut's 10-year-anniversary of raising the age for handling youth in juvenile court.
Maryland should follow D.C.’s lead on youth rehabilitation
JPI's Marc Schindler and Tyrone Walker discuss racial injustice in Maryland's justice system.
Maryland’s prisons and an unjust justice system
Discusses JPI's report analyzing the racial injustices that continue to plague Maryland’s system.
Ending the violence in Baltimore
JPI's Ryan King, Director of Research and Policy, and Keith Wallington, State Based Strategist, discuss Maryland's justice system and new policy brief "Rethinking Approaches to Over Incarceration of…
How I ‘Jump-Started’ My Life After Prison
Tyrone Walker, JPI Intern and Georgetown Pivot Fellow, writes on the importance of second chances for Second Chance Month.
Youth rehabilitation in D.C.: From controversy to progress
Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses reforms to the Youth Rehabilitation Act and services for justice system involved young adults in Washington DC.
Paroling elderly inmates is humane solution to costly mass incarceration
Executive Director Marc Schindler discusses geriatric parole and the landmark court ruling — Unger v. Maryland.
Crime Victims Agree Violent Offenders Should Also Get Community Treatment
JPI staff Ryan King and Jeremy Kittredge discuss our new report "Smart, Safe, Fair: Strategies to Prevent Youth Violence, Heal Victims of Crime, and Reduce Racial Inequity."
A Balanced Response to Youth Violence
Keith Wallington, JPI's State Based Strategist, discusses crime survivor needs and our "Smart, Safe, and Fair: Strategies to Prevent Youth Violence, Heal Victims of Crime, and Reduce Racial…
On the one year anniversary of Md.'s Justice Reinvestment Act, we don't have enough data to analyze its efficacy
JPI's Ryan King and Keith Wallington weigh in on the one year anniversary of Maryland's Justice Reinvestment Act.
It's time to be smarter on crime
JPI State Based Strategist Keith Wallington and Julie Magers of the Leader of the Maryland Prisoners’ Rights Coalition discuss Maryland's need for smart on crime reforms.

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