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

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Homicides, Gun Assaults Fall Modestly
in Major U.S. Cities as Robberies Spike

New CCJ analysis also finds that property crimes increased in the first six months of 2022, while drug offenses continued to decline.

Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities: Mid-Year 2022 Update

A new analysis for CCJ looks at crime trends in major U.S. cities, extending the data through 2022 mid-year.

New CCJ Analysis: Long Sentences by the Numbers

The Task Force on Long Sentences is assessing our nation’s use of long prison terms and formulating recommendations to advance safety and justice. This series of charts serves as a foundation for the deliberations of the group, a diverse set of experts from varied sectors of the criminal justice field and across the ideological spectrum.