The Presence of Justice
This project is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge.
“Implicit bias” training is spreading to departments around the country, the theory being it can influence officer behavior on the street. But it’s still not clear that the classes actually work.
A new projection has violent crime rates dropping this year in the largest U.S. cities. Homicides remain alarmingly high in some places, but one takeaway is clear: There’s little evidence to support Jeff Sessions' claim of a "dangerous permanent" crime rise.
Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump’s agenda are inspiring some police to more vocal advocacy. But their project—ending racial bias in the profession—is a decades-old one.
The city’s new plan may seem counterintuitive. But it’s one of several ways NYC is trying to reform a bail system that the state largely controls.
Training programs help officers brush up on policing techniques and best practices. But in one instructor’s course, they study literature, history, and philosophy instead.
How the mayoral race about criminal justice reform became a race about credit cards.
A new report shows how far the rest of the U.S. has to go to catch up on bail reform.
Recent reports highlight the injustices found in school disciplinary practices and suggest ways to stop them.
The most incarcerated city in the most incarcerated state is experimenting with programs to reduce its jail population. And so far, they seem to be working.
A new federal report lays out why sending people to jail for unpaid fines is still a major problem that can’t be fully quantified across the U.S.
The controversial bill establishes a mandatory minimum penalty for illegal firearm possession.
A new high-security facility in Auckland flips the incentives on for-profit incarceration to keep inmates from returning.
The practice of cracking down on subway fare evaders has its roots in “broken windows”-style policing.
A new report fleshes out the controversial demand to cut police department budgets and reallocate those funds into healthcare, housing, jobs, and schools. Will that make communities of color safer?
A new report lays out design guidelines for community-based “justice hubs”—jails that create positive effects inside and outside their walls.
Why didn’t the fall of former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on fraud and corruption charges doom his reform-minded agenda?
Local jails in smaller counties are seeing enormous growth. A new report explains why.
New research shows how keeping people with criminal records out of the workforce costs us.
Louisiana just passed a suite of prison reform bills, but incarceration will remain a problem so long as district attorneys keep wrongfully locking people up.
The deal: $400 a week to stay in school. Is it worth it?
A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the populations of local jails are swelling for reasons that have little to do with crime.