by Maria Sofia Peña

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, jails and prisons across the country have been virus hotspots, with case rates in prisons four to five times higher than those in the general population.[1] With the emergence of the Delta variant, the urgency of protecting incarcerated people…

Madeline Titus

To say we are living in unprecedented times is an understatement — forms of government, institutions, norms and ways of everyday life are being challenged and disassembled, all in the midst of a pandemic. One of the most notable institutions being called into question is the police. …

Eleni Retta

In the early part of 2020, the United States began preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most Americans were unaware of the forthcoming societal impact. After a few weeks of uncontrolled spread, the Federal Government declared a state of emergency.

People were advised to lock down at home and track…


Say their names

We stand in solidarity with everyone grieving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others who have been victims police violence, and we condemn the ongoing racist justice system practices that have plagued communities of color for centuries.

This country has a shameful history of violence by law enforcement targeting…


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.@RevJJackson calls on us all to focus on the lives and health of people who are incarcerated, especially in this time of #pandemic “Behind the prison walls people are getting the virus…


From our archives, August 2016

Ned Loughran, Executive Director of The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators

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Is it possible to end the use of isolation for punishment and administrative convenience in youth detention and correctional facilities in the next three years? …


Across America, incarcerated people are being hit hard by COVID-19. The infection rate in Washington, D.C., jails is 14 times higher than the general population of the city. In one Michigan correctional facility, more than 600 incarcerated people have tested positive — almost 50% of the prison’s total population. In…

Throwback Thursday

From our archives, November 2017

This blog is a part of a series dedicated to celebrate JPI’s 20th Anniversary. Bart Lubow’s piece is excerpted from comments he delivered at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s JuvenileDetention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) conference in Orlando, Florida in April 2017 on the occasion of JDAI’s 25th anniversary. JPI has been…


Essential wrap-around support

By Antonella Portugal

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to expand throughout the states, the release of vulnerable and high-risk individuals from jail and prison systems becomes more and more urgent.

First Person Perspective

Is remote really all it’s made out to be?

By Sarita Benesch, Felisa Concepcion and Antonella Portugal

Social justice internships, at first glance, do not naturally align with remote work. The spring interns at the Justice Policy Institute transitioned from in-person to remote work halfway through their internship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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