The Council’s Task Force on Long Sentences is examining how prison terms of 10 years or more affect public safety, crime victims and survivors, incarcerated people and their families, corrections staff, and communities.

2021 Annual Report

The Council’s 2021 Annual Report provides a summary of the year’s policy projects, supporters, research, membership, media coverage, and events.

Health and Reentry Project

Recent state and federal action has the potential to extend Medicaid coverage to incarcerated people nearing release. How can Medicaid reentry policies improve public health and public safety?

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 circumstances underlying homicide have become less clear over time. In 2020, 56% of murders involved unknown circumstances, up from 46% in 2010.


From 2017 to 2019, people with disabilities were victims of 26% of all nonfatal violent crime, although they account for just 12% of the population.


In 2021, 41% of law enforcement agencies comprising 54% of officers provided use-of-force data to the FBI.

Member Spotlight


“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 Director, READI Chicago
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

UpClose with Beau Kilmer

This member video spotlights Beau Kilmer, Director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.

Statements on President Biden’s Executive Order on Policing

Members of CCJ staff and the Council's Task Force on Policing share perspectives on President Biden's executive order on policing.

UpClose with James Forman, Jr.

Our newest member video spotlights CCJ Board of Trustees member James Forman, Jr., a professor at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Yale Law and Racial Justice Center.