Violent Crime Working Group

Composed of a diverse range of leaders representing community organizations, law enforcement, the public health sector, and academia, the Violent Crime Working Group is dedicated to addressing the most pressing and challenging issues concerning crime, violence, and justice.

Consensus Proposals to Improve Policing

Launched in late 2020, the Task Force on Policing identified the policies and practices most likely to reduce excessive use of force, increase accountability, and rebuild trust between the police and communities. The diverse group of law enforcement, civil rights, and community leaders assessed more than two dozen reforms and identified five top priorities. The final report highlighted five priorities for reform.

Reshaping Criminal Justice After COVID-19

Led by former U.S. Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales, the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice issued sweeping recommendations to increase the resiliency, fairness, and effectiveness of a system that includes 2.1 million people behind bars and another 4.4 million on probation or parole.

Welcome to the Council


Independent and nonpartisan, the Council is an invitational membership organization and think tank, serving as a center of gravity and incubator of policy and leadership for the criminal justice field.

Grounding Criminal Justice Policy in Facts and Evidence


The COVID-19 death rate in prisons was 2.1 times that of the general population, after adjusting for the age, sex, and race/ethnicity of incarcerated individuals.


Spending on police nearly tripled over the past 40 years, but as a share of total state and local government expenditures it has been flat, at about 3.7%.


In one Texas county, receiving a deferred adjudication of guilt reduced the probability of future convictions over the subsequent 10 years by 45%.

Member Spotlight

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"We've got to become more data-driven and less reliant on anecdotes. We need to focus on, what are we changing? What are we changing to?"

Carlos Martinez
Public Defender, Miami-Dade County
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"It's a cultural change of how you think about human beings and really putting their lives first instead of the bottom line. Waking up every day to make a difference, one person, one day at a time."

Dan Meyer
Founder and CEO, Nehemiah Manufacturing Co.
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"The way that we view people must change. Most of the folks who are incarcerated now are going to one day come home. We want to give them the opportunity for success by looking at them - the whole person."

Alice Marie Johnson
Advocate, speaker, author

Latest posts

Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities: Year-End 2021 Update

A new analysis for CCJ looks at crime trends in major U.S. cities, extending the data through the end of 2021.

Event Recording: Ten Essential Actions Cities Can Take to Reduce Violence Now

Watch six members of the Violent Crime Working Group discuss their final report "Saving Lives: Ten Essential Actions Cities Can Take to Reduce Violence Now"

Saving Lives: Ten Essential Actions
Cities Can Take to Reduce Violence Now

Amid a rise in homicide, diverse CCJ panel urges leaders to reject “us vs. them” politics and collaborate on ten essential steps to reduce violence now.