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. While discussions about how to change policing wage on, school districts around the country are rethinking whether police officers belong in schools and what their role with students should be.

In order to get to a point where police officers are not in schools — schools have to build a culture…

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 any symptoms. Businesses closed without any time frame or re-opening strategy. Americans at home began to feel the financial strain of affording basic needs, as millions filed for unemployment.

In the initial chaos, younger Americans left their university housing and returned home for the remainder of the semester. While these…


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 people of color. However, the police are but one part of a justice system that has left a legacy of destruction among mothers, fathers, children, and families of color. Whether as a result of the school-to-prison pipeline or disparities in arrest and sentencing, the U.S. …


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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, workers are getting sick and dying, there are no cameras behind those walls.”

From the historical legacy of convict leasing to prisons on the NY Stock Exchange, we must focus on these disparities and how they impact people living in prisons in catastrophic ways @SociologistRay

.@marc4justice why #COVID19 is ravaging…


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? The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) answers emphatically, yes and is committed to doing just that!

Ever since Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) administrator Robert Listenbee met with the CJCA Board of Directors in his first session with us in August 2013 and delivered the challenge “if…


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 Arkansas, about 40% of the state’s COVID-19 diagnoses are located in a maximum-security prison. In Ohio, about 20% of the state’s COVID-19 diagnoses can be traced to one prison. Correctional staff are not immune. In Cook County, Ill., nearly 200 correctional officers have tested positive.

Lawmakers are facing pressure from…

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 proud to partner with JDAI since its inception. We are particularly thankful to the leadership of Bart and other champions from the Casey Foundation and around the country, who made this success story possible and continue the work.

Twenty-five years ago, the juvenile justice system was struggling to survive. It…


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. Thirty-three states have since made strategic moves to release individuals being held pre-trial, those scheduled for release in the near future, and the elderly or those with high-risk health issues.

In welcoming formerly incarcerated adults and youth back into their communities during these difficult times, we also need to focus on effective reentry supports as they return home. Due to racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system —…

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. Here are the perspective of Felisa Concepcion, Sarita Benesch and Antonella Portugal on what it’s like to work for a national social justice nonprofit organization during this time.

Social justice organizations across the country will be challenged with maintaining the effectiveness of their internship program during these prolonged stay-at-home orders. …


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