Pushing Toward Parity

Advancing our work on racial disparities, this comprehensive package assesses the impact of sentencing reforms on disparity trends in 12 states, examines imprisonment trends among female populations, and explores challenges in the measurement of Hispanic disparities.

From Duty to Dignity: Supporting Service Members in Their Transition to Civilian Life

In its second set of recommendations, the Veterans Justice Commission says stronger support for service members transitioning from military to civilian life can reduce the number of veterans who land in the criminal justice system and improve other outcomes.

Crime Trends in U.S. Cities: Year-End 2023 Update

Homicide and most other violent crime declined in American cities in 2023, but levels remain above those seen before the onset of the COVID pandemic and the widespread social justice protests of 2020. Most property crimes were down last year, but motor vehicle theft continued to surge.

2023 Annual Report

In 2023, we redoubled our efforts to bridge partisan divides and build common ground for policies rooted in facts, evidence, and fundamental principles of justice. Our Annual Report provides highlights of our work on violence reduction, long prison sentences, racial disparities, veterans in the justice system, and more.

Trends in Homicide: What You Need to Know

Prepared for CCJ’s Crime Trends Working Group, this package of data and analysis looks at changes in homicide over 50 years. It also explores possible explanations for the rise in murder seen during the height of the pandemic and social justice protests of mid-2020, and, in most cities, its subsequent decline.

Shoplifting Trends: What You Need to Know 

An analysis for CCJ’s Crime Trends Working Group examines shoplifting data from 24 major American cities from before the onset of the pandemic through 2023.

DOJ Adopts CCJ Violence Reduction Framework

The new U.S. Justice Department Violent Crime Reduction Roadmap urges state and local governments to follow the 10 Essential Actions strategy developed by CCJ’s Violent Crime Working Group.

How big is the footprint of the criminal justice system, and how has it changed over time?

This new resource is a one-stop shop tracing decades-long changes in crime and victimization, arrests, incarceration, and community supervision.

Building Common Ground

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.

How Long is Long Enough?

CCJ Task Force on Long Sentences produces their final report, consisting of 14 recommendations that outline steps to focus resources on violence prevention and victim restoration.

Grounding Criminal Justice Policy in Facts and Evidence

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"We aim criminal justice at places where we don't want to invest in solving social problems . . . As a general matter, the public understandably has much less faith in the criminal law system, even as it relies on it too much."

Ekow Yankah
Professor, University of Michigan Law School
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"To me, some things that stand out most ... are the success stories — individuals who have been in the system and now are members of our community, living productive lives, living with their families and children."

Beth Skinner
Director, Iowa Department of Corrections
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"I clerked for a judge who was often accused of sentencing too lightly. One time I asked him, 'Do you get tired of being criticized?' He said, 'I do ... But people have forgotten how long two years in prison is.'"

Brett Tolman
Executive Director, Right on Crime

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State Sentencing Reforms Had Little Impact on Racial Disparities in Imprisonment, Analysis Finds

Disparities in female prison populations declined substantially, largely driven by a 138% increase in prison admissions for White women from 2000 to 2019.

UpClose with John Malcolm

This month’s member spotlight features John Malcolm. Malcolm oversees The Heritage Foundation's work to increase understanding of the Constitution and the rule of law as director of the think tank's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

Veterans Justice Commission Urges Department of Defense, VA to Boost Transition Support for Service Members

Led by two former defense secretaries, the 15-member commission calls for risk assessment, joint transition centers, and other actions to cut the number of justice-involved veterans

First Step Act Implementation and Beyond – A Conversation with Bureau of Prisons Director Colette Peters

On January 22, the leaders of the Council on Criminal Justice Centering Justice initiative – Khalil Cumberbatch and Marc Levin – led a conversation with Bureau of Prisons Director Colette Peters to discuss the First Step Act.

Racial Disparities Among Veterans

What does the data tell us about racial disparities among veterans? This fact sheet provides a snapshot, examining the racial breakdown for arrests, incarceration, homelessness, military justice, and more.

Homicide, Gun Assaults, Most Other Violent Crimes Fall in U.S. Cities but Remain Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

New CCJ Analysis of 2023 Crime Trends Also Documents a Continuing Surge in Motor Vehicle Theft, With Incidents Doubling Since 2019