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Virtually overnight, COVID-19 has changed the daily reality for millions of people incarcerated in America, and for those on the front lines in corrections, the courts, law enforcement, and organizations supporting reentry. Leaders across the criminal justice field are managing the unprecedented crisis day-to-day while striving to ensure that lessons learned from the pandemic help strengthen responses to future emergencies. 

The Council launched the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice in July 2020 to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the justice system, develop strategies to limit outbreaks, and produce a priority agenda of systemic policy changes to better balance public health and public safety. 

At the start of the pandemic, the Council on Criminal Justice launched a series of moderated video conferences designed to illuminate successful strategies and highlight challenges receiving too little attention. The first four calls in the series drew nearly 2,500 registrants. 

FACING COVID-19 IN THE COMMUNITY

May 12, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads, how are the nation’s reentry providers and community leaders  managing the unique challenges confronting residents and staff, and trying to prepare people to return to communities in the midst of the crisis?

Watch the panel and read the key takeaways.

 


CORRECTIONS & COVID-19: CHALLENGES & STRATEGIES

APRIL 30, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads, how are some of the nation’s top correctional leaders managing the unique challenges confronting residents and staff, and trying to prepare people to return to communities in the midst of the crisis?

Watch the panel and read the key takeaways.  

 


FACING COVID-19 IN THE COURTS

April 16, 2020

Communities rely upon the courts to deliver justice - for victims and the accused alike. But, in the midst of a pandemic, how can courts meet their mandate while protecting public health?

Watch the panel and read the key takeaways.

 


PUBLIC SAFETY IN A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

April 9, 2020

How are law enforcement departments responding in real-time to COVID-19? What lessons – or unanswered questions – can they share?

Watch the panel and read the key takeaways.

 


A MESSAGE FROM CCJ LEADERS

AN OVERLOADED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM RESPONDS TO A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

A crisis demands that people and institutions change their behavior, and that’s what we expect policymakers and criminal justice leaders to do now.

Read a message from the Council's leaders.