Black-White National Imprisonment Trends,
2000 to 2020

A new report advancing earlier CCJ research examines 2000-2020 trends in racial disparities within the U.S. criminal justice system.

Centering Justice

Centering Justice is a collaborative project engaging a diverse range of the nation’s top thinkers and doers in an ongoing, ideologically vibrant conversation about criminal justice policy.

Veterans Justice Commission

Roughly 200,000 active-duty service members leave the armed forces each year. Most transition to civilian life successfully, but others struggle with mental health challenges, substance use, homelessness, and criminality.

A Statistical Portrait

Through a series of charts, Long Sentences by the Numbers outlines the most current and comprehensive data available on the nature and extent of long sentences, which the Task Force defines as prison terms of 10 years or more.

A Synthesis of Stakeholder Input

Read the second in a series of publications from the Health and Reentry Project (HARP). It outlines key principles for changing Medicaid’s role in reentry, proposes a new reentry care model, and identifies essential elements for successful implementation of potential Medicaid reentry policies.

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.

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

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“The reality is that less than 40% of victims actually report the crime that’s been committed against them ... We have to find ways to better reach victims who don’t report. Lots of victims don’t report for a variety of reasons – everything from the stigmas to barriers in reporting to distrust in systems.”

Janelle Melohn
Director, OVC VOCA Center
National Criminal Justice Association

“What I’ve loved that I’m seeing today, more than I’ve ever seen in my life, is that we are beginning to see more and more people who are survivors of these systems and who are now at the table, who are now decision-makers, who are now influencing reform and doing work that needs to be done in order for us to have sustainable change.”

Eduardo Bocanegra
Senior Advisor for Community Violence Intervention
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
Jessica Hulsey

“COVID has had a head-on collision with the opioid epidemic and addiction, sort of creating a perfect storm. If you have loss, anxiety, isolation, and stress, these all exacerbate addiction and interruptions to treatment, services, [and] recovery support meetings. All of this led to relapses, recurrence of use, overdose, and overdose deaths.”

Jessica Hulsey
Founder and CEO, Addiction Policy Forum

Latest posts

The Impact of De-escalation Training on Police Use of Force in Louisville, KY

What effect does de-escalation training have on police use of force? In this analysis, the Council reviews research on the effectiveness of the Police Executive Research Forum’s ICAT training in the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Are People With a Mental Health Diagnosis More Likely to Do Time in Solitary?

This piece highlights a study that explores the relationship between a person’s mental illness diagnosis and solitary confinement, what might explain the association, and what can be done.

UpClose with Chief Justice Michael Boggs

This month’s member spotlight features Chief Justice Michael Boggs, appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on December 7, 2016