Meeting Bulletin #3: Understanding Violent Crime

In the Violent Crime Working Group's third meeting, members discussed the evolving nature of violent crime.

New National Recidivism Report

The first national report on recidivism rates in three years is just out from the Justice Department. In a new brief, the Council highlights key takeaways, noting that return-to-prison rates have dropped significantly.

UpClose with Alex Piquero

Dr. Alex Piquero, Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami, discusses his research on the increase in domestic violence during the pandemic and shares some thoughts on police reform.

Meeting Bulletin #2: Crime Trends in Context

In the Violent Crime Working Group's second meeting, members identified the possible drivers of recent spikes in violent crime.

Event Recording: Violent Crime Webinar

Watch researchers, analysts, and Council members discuss the latest rising crime trends, as well as what’s behind them.

UpClose with Wendy Still

Wendy Still shares how community supervision has shifted to include a more holistic, needs-based approach and the way that her work implements these newer practices.

Meeting Bulletin #1: Convening the Violent Crime Working Group

In the Violent Crime Working Group's first meeting, diverse experts identified the values and goals they will bring to their urgent work.

Update: Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities

June crime statistics show homicides and violent crimes increased by 16% in the first half of 2021 compared to the prior year.

Council Launches New Violent Crime Working Group

Council launches Violent Crime Working Group as murder counts in major American cities continued to rise throughout the first half of 2021.

UpClose with Eduardo Bocanegra

Eduardo Bocanegra discusses the challenges his organization faces as it works to reduce urban gun violence and his perspective on criminal justice.

Event Recording: Congressional Briefing | Criminal Justice After the Pandemic

Led by former U.S. Attorneys General Hon. Alberto Gonzales and Loretta Lynch, the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice issued recommendations for a post-pandemic world.

UpClose with Cynthia Lum

Dr. Cynthia Lum discusses what lies ahead for American law enforcement and the key barriers to reform.

Reducing Violence, Restoring Confidence

Expert panelists discussed rising homicide rates and how we can address them proactively.

Task Force Highlights Five Priorities for Reforms to Reduce Police Use of Excessive Force, Boost Accountability

The Task Force on Policing identified the top five changes to make in law enforcement that are most likely to make a difference.

UpClose with Dan Meyer

Nehemiah Manufacturing Co. Founder Dan Meyer speaks about his mission to build brands, create jobs, and change lives through employment and whole life coaching in Cincinnati.

Statements on the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial

Members of the Council, Board of Trustees, task forces, and staff share perspectives following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Task Force Backs Series of Reforms to Boost Policy Accountability for Excessive Force, Other Misconduct

The Task Force on Policing found that increased government oversight, body-worn cameras, and a national database of decertified officers could enhance accountability and transparency in law enforcement.

Task Force Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial

CCJ's Task Force on Policing shares perspective on the crucial need for officers to intervene following the Derek Chauvin trial.

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

The Task Force on Policing concludes police training must focus more on critical communication and de-escalation skills.

Watch: Task Force Members Discuss First Briefs on Duty to Intervene, No-Knock Warrants, Chokeholds

Task Force members DeRay Mckesson, Sheriff Rosie Rivera, and Tashante McCoy-Ham joined director Nancy La Vigne for a conversation about their first set of recommendations.

Watch: Stopping Violence and Saving Lives

A panel of violence reduction experts gather for a conversation on community-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Marc Levin: DOJ Charging Memo Recission Aids Prosecutorial Discretion

CCJ Chief Policy Counsel Marc Levin shares his perspective on the U.S. Department of Justice's role in complicating prosecutorial discretion.

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

In addition to banning chokeholds and restricting use of no-knock warrants, the Task Force on Policing surmised that requiring officer intervention key increase accountability amongst law enforcement.

Task Force Statement on the Assault at Our Nation’s Capitol

As the Task Force finalized its first assessments of policing reforms intended to reduce use of force and increase accountability, armed civilians invaded our nation’s Capitol in a violent insurrection broadcast live in millions of American living rooms.

UpClose with Alice Marie Johnson

Learn more about Alice Marie Johnson's journey after her release from incarceration, including her role as CEO of the Taking Action for Good Foundation.

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

A diverse panel of civil rights and law enforcement leaders, the Task Force on Policing, will identify evidence-based strategies to reduce police use of force and improve accountability.

Member Statements

Members share their views on the launch of the Task Force on Policing and what it means for the future of public safety. Art Acevedo, Chief, Houston Police Department; President, Major Cities Chiefs Association: “Our communities are hurting, and it’s essential that we not only demonstrate that we’re listening, but also that we commit ourselves…

UpClose with Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez shares his story with the Council, from his past as a public defender to helping citizens returning from incarceration obtain employment.

Public Perceptions of the Police

A striking partisan divide characterizes public perceptions of police in the United States. The Council delves into these perceptions in a discussion with key researchers and experts.

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

Former attorneys general Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales explain the connections between criminal justice reform and slowing COVID-19 in prisons in this USA Today opinion piece.

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

The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice released a set of recommendations calling on leaders in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections to reduce COVID-19 in the criminal justice system.

A True Second Chance: A Natural Experiment on Diversion in Texas Reveals Big Benefits for Crime, Employment

Are "second chances" in the form of deferrals truly effective? In this post, the Council reviews the research on Texas defendants who have received deferred adjudications of guilt.

Investing in Children Breaks Cycles of Poverty and Criminal Justice Involvement

This post delves into the intergenerational effects of anti-poverty programs and how these efforts could impact the criminal justice system.

Changing Police Recruitment Messages Attracts a Larger and More Diverse Applicant Pool

Research shows that when recruiting candidates for law enforcement, messaging is key. The Council reviews data demonstrating the changes in messaging that can build a wider, more diverse pool of applicants.

Washington Post Partnership: Race in America

DeRay Mckesson, co-founder of Campaign Zero, and Charles Ramsey, former police chief in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, discuss the meaning of defunding the police and the role of law enforcement in society.

Council Perspectives: Police and Communities

The Council on Criminal Justice (staff, Board of Trustees, and members) share their thoughts on law enforcement and their role in our communities.

Facing COVID-19 in the Community

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.

COVID-19 and Corrections: Challenges and Strategies

Leaders of three corrections systems discussed the variety of challenges they face in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails.

Facing COVID-19 in the Courts

The Council convened a panel of leaders from across the justice system to examine the challenges facing COVID-19.

Public Safety in a Public Health Crisis

Police leaders spoke with the Council on Criminal Justice during this web event about community cooperation and personal responsibility amongst law enforcement.

An Overloaded Criminal Justice System Responds to a Public Health Crisis

The Council launched a series of video panels featuring Council leaders and members grappling with the pandemic.

Leadership Summit

On October 17, the Council on Criminal Justice and Arnold Ventures convened 200 top leaders, thinkers and doers from across the criminal justice and policy field to explore the key forces and trends that are shaping the criminal justice reform landscape today.

Bleeding Out: Strategies to Reduce Violence

CCJ hosted a conversation between leaders in the criminal justice space to discuss the most effective ways of minimizing violence in our communities.

New Data Shows Sharp Rise in Homicide in U.S. Cities in 2020

CCJ released a new study conducted by Professor Emeritus Richard Rosenfeld, Ernesto Lopez, and Thomas Abt, spanning violent, property, and drug offenses across 34 U.S. cities.