Task Force Calls for Overhaul of U.S. Police Training, National Standards to Reduce Use of Force

Expert panel says current emphasis on physical tactics, firearms instruction neglects critical communication, de-escalation skills For Immediate ReleaseMarch 25, 2021Contact: Caitlin Kizielewicz | caitlin@counciloncj.org | 412-554-0074 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Most police training in the United States is misfocused, too short, uses ineffective teaching methods, and is out of alignment with both community safety priorities and research about what…

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Watch: Stopping Violence and Saving Lives

Featured Speakers Paul Carrillo – Executive Director, Southern California Crossroads Javon Gregoire – Deputy Director, READI Chicago David Muhammad – Executive Director, National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform Fernando Rejón – Executive Director, Urban Peace Institute Thomas Abt – COVID Commission Director and Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice  Abby Walsh – Vice President, Council on Criminal Justice STRATEGIES THAT WORK…

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Marc Levin: DOJ Charging Memo Recission Aids Prosecutorial Discretion

My Law360 article explains why prosecutorial discretion should not depend on whose ox is being gored, both at the federal and local levels. The indispensable role of prosecutorial discretion is relevant not only because of the welcome recission of the Sessions memorandum that pressured prosecutors to pursue the most severe mandatory minimums in all drug…

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Task Force on Policing Backs Three Key Reforms to Reduce Police Use of Force, Increase Accountability

Expert panel identifies critical policy elements, caveats to inform debates on banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants, requiring officers to intervene when witnessing misconduct by peers For Immediate ReleaseJan. 27, 2020Contact: Jenifer Warren | jwarren@counciloncj.org | 916-217-0780 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council on Criminal Justice Task Force on Policing today released a set of policy assessments that advise lawmakers…

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UpClose with Alice Marie Johnson

ALICE MARIE JOHNSON Advocate, Speaker, Author Alice Marie Johnson is an advocate, speaker, author, and activist who is the CEO of the Taking Action for Good Foundation. On June 6, 2018, President Donald Trump commuted her sentence after more than two decades in prison. Since leaving prison, Alice has committed her life to helping others.…

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Council on Criminal Justice Launches Task Force to Advance Fair, Effective Policing

Diverse panel of civil rights and law enforcement leaders with funding from leading philanthropists will identify evidence-based strategies to reduce police use of force, improve accountability For Immediate ReleaseNov. 23, 2020Contact: Jenifer Warren | jwarren@counciloncj.org | 916-217-0780 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) today launched an independent Task Force on Policing to identify the policies and practices most likely…

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UpClose with Carlos Martinez

CARLOS MARTINEZ Public Defender, Miami-Dade County An immigrant from Cuba, Carlos Martinez has made indigent defense his life’s work. He was elected Public Defender of Miami-Dade County in 2008 and was re-elected without opposition in 2012 and 2016. The first Cuban-American public defender in the United States, Martinez has launched multiple initiatives to help returning…

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Public Perceptions of the Police

Facing COVID-19, a series of Council on Criminal Justice web events, features leaders on the front lines of protecting public safety, public health, and justice as the criminal justice system responds to the coronavirus pandemic. Facing COVID-19 in the Community took place on May 12, 2020.

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USA Today: Former attorneys general – Criminal justice reform vital to slow spread of COVID-19

Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales Opinion ContributorsAs featured in USA Today on October 6, 2020 Virtually overnight, COVID-19 laid bare our nation’s alarming vulnerability to a large-scale public health emergency, causing wrenching damage in all corners of American life. Fast-moving and deadly, the coronavirus has placed enormous pressure on our criminal justice system — our…

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National Commission Issues Recommendations to Contain Coronavirus, Improve Justice System Readiness for Future Health Crises

Led by Former U.S. AGs Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales, Diverse Panel Urges Leaders to Take More Aggressive Measures to Save Lives While Protecting Public Safety For Immediate Release | October 1, 2020  Contact: Colleen Frerichs, cfrerichs@kivvit.com, 1-443-847-1033 Washington, D.C. – The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice today released a set of urgent, far-reaching recommendations that call on leaders in law enforcement, the…

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