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Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States

Three states – New York, NewJersey, and California – have achieved prison population reductions in the range of 25%. They have also seen their crime rates generally decline at a faster pace than the national average.

Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentencing and Corrections Trends

By providing concise summaries of representative legislation in each area, this report aims to be a practical guide for policymakers in other states and the federal government looking to enact similar changes in criminal justice policy.

Bail Reform Update, 2013

This brief presents information regarding pretrial and bail reform during 2013.

The Comeback and Coming-from-Behind States: An Update on Youth Incarceration in the United States

This report highlights the continued positive trend in the nine states leading the nation by adopting crucial incarceration-reducing policies.

A Second Chance: Charting a New Course for Re-Entry and Criminal Justice Reform

The ill-conceived War on Drugs and the overly harsh sentences imposed for low-level offenses have affected almost every area of our criminal justice system, from over policing to sentencing and re-entry.

A New Approach to Reducing Incarceration While Maintaining Low Rates of Crime

This paper explains how the criminal justice system can greatly reduce incarceration while ensuring community safety.

Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System

This paper explains why it is important to ensure that youth have access to services while in care to help them re-enter society successfully.             

Nothing About Us Without Us! The Failure of the Modern Juvenile Justice System and a Call for Community-Based Justice

The need for a renewed effort in bringing the practice of juvenile justice back under the influence of the community is explained.

Health Care Reform and County Criminal Justice Systems: An Introduction to Health Care Reform and the Opportunities and Challenges for County Criminal Justice Systems

This course provides an overview of how upcoming changes to California’s health care system will impact local criminal justice systems.

Pioneers of Youth Justice Reform: Achieving System Change Using Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment Strategies

This publication offers a large range of strategies for individuals wanting to reform their juvenile justice system.

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