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UpClose with Janelle Melohn

Melohn discusses the challenges victims and survivors have faced during the pandemic and how the victims services field has evolved.

Meeting Bulletin #6: Victimization, Trauma, Mental Health, and Violent Crime

At its eighth meeting, the Violent Crime Working Group examines impacts of victimization and trauma on mental health and violent crime.

UpClose with Jessica Hulsey

In the October member feature, Addiction Policy Forum Founder and CEO Jessica Hulsey discusses the unique challenges the pandemic created for individuals with substance use disorders.

Event Recording: Collaborative Approaches to Reducing Community Gun Violence

Watch three members of the Violent Crime Working Group discuss how police and communities can work together to stop violence and save lives.

September 2021 Update: Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities

A new analysis for CCJ looks at crime trends in major U.S. cities through the first nine months of 2021.

Meeting Bulletin #5: Law Enforcement Based Responses to Violence

At two sessions in October, the Violent Crime Working Group highlights the promise of key violence reduction strategies, provides guidance to help leaders now.

Meeting Bulletin #4: Community Based Responses to Violence

At two Sessions in September, the Working Group highlights the promise of four key violence reduction strategies, provides guidance to help leaders launch programs now.

Homicide Trends: What You Need to Know

This brief summarizes key takeaways based on the newly issued FBI report as well as historical and more recent data.

Assessing the Evidence: Findings and Recommendations

This two-page document outlines the package of 16 assessments to help police agencies provide effective, equitable, and respectful services to all of those they are sworn to protect.

Priorities for State Policing Reform

This two-page document highlights which states are leading the way on police reform based on the Task Force’s Five Priorities.

Meeting Bulletin #3: Understanding Violent Crime

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

Recidivism Rates: What You Need to Know

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.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Crime

This updated analysis explores trends in violent, property, and drug offenses during the COVID-19 pandemic through March 2021.

Reducing Violence, Restoring Confidence

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

New Report Shows Homicide Rise Continues in U.S. Cities in 2021

Homicide rates remain below historical highs, but figures show 49% increase over same period in 2019.

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.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and SUD Treatment

Arriving in the midst of an opioid crisis, evidence suggests that COVID-19 and associated policies negatively impacted people with substance use disorders.

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.

States that Conducted Mass Coronavirus Testing in Prisons Reported Fewer COVID-19 Deaths Among Incarcerated Adults

States that conducted extensive COVID-19 testing in their prisons experienced significantly lower COVID-19 death rates behind bars than states that did not use a mass testing approach.

Impact Report: COVID-19 Testing in State Prisons

Evidence suggests that more testing, early testing, and early mass testing may have been strategies that helped states achieve lower rates of COVID-19 mortality behind bars.

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.

New Analysis Shows 8% Increase in U.S. Domestic Violence Incidents Following Pandemic Stay-At-Home Orders

A report released today by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice shows that domestic violence incidents in the U.S. increased by 8.1% following the imposition of lockdown orders during the 2020 pandemic.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence Trends

Advancing knowledge about the impacts of the pandemic on domestic violence, a review of multiple studies comparing incidents of abuse before and after jurisdictions began imposing lockdowns finds an 8.1% increase.

Task Force on Policing Releases Comprehensive Collection of Data on U.S. Law Enforcement

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.

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.

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

Despite increase, homicide rates remain well below historical highs.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Crime

Two researchers evaluating crime trends in 34 American cities during the pandemic and social unrest over police violence presented new findings through December 2020 in a report for the Commission.

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.

Top National Criminal Justice Expert, Marc Levin, Joins Council on Criminal Justice Team

Cumberbatch, Warren, Bailey Promoted as Staff Grows, Diversifies WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) today announced that leading criminal justice expert Marc Levin will join the CCJ staff as Chief Policy Counsel.  A former law clerk for a federal judge, Levin was the founding director in 2005 of the Center for Effective Justice at the…

National Commission Recommends Reducing Density of Criminal Justice System Based on Lessons Learned During COVID-19

Led by Former U.S. AGs Loretta Lynch and Alberto Gonzales, diverse panel also says corrections staff, incarcerated people should be prioritized for coronavirus vaccine.

Coronavirus Infection Rates Remain Nearly Four Times Higher in State and Federal Prisons than in General Population

Half of early decline in jail population has been erased; average jail detention has doubled during the pandemic.

Coronavirus Infection Rates Remain Nearly Four Times Higher in State and Federal Prisons than in General Population

Half of early decline in jail population has been erased; average jail detention has doubled during the pandemic.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Prisons

Advancing knowledge about the impacts of COVID-19 on state and federal prisons, a report to the Commission updates a previous report on rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality in correctional facilities and describes differences in such rates among states.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Jails

A report by researchers with the NYU Public Safety Lab, based on data from 375 jails across 39 states, examined changes in jail populations, their composition, and rebooking trends from Jan. 1 through late October.

New Data Shows that Violent Crime Rates Remain Above 2019 Levels in Major American Cities

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.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Crime

Two researchers evaluating crime trends in 27 American cities during the pandemic and social unrest over police violence presented new findings through October 2020 in a report for the Commission.

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…

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Opioid Use Disorder

A report by researchers with the NYU Public Safety Lab, based on data from 375 jails across 39 states, examined changes in jail populations, their composition, and rebooking trends from Jan. 1 through late July.

Impact Report: Racial Disparities and COVID-19

This report reviews racial disparities in health and criminal justice outcomes and explores, as well as possible, how those same disparities have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Impact Report: Evidence for Public Health Measures to Reduce Risk

Johns Hopkins researchers summarize the current state and future projections of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and detail the impact that the pandemic has already had on the criminal justice system.

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.

New Report Shows Rise in Homicides, Steep Drop in Property and Drug Offenses in Major U.S. Cities

Research for the National Commission on COVID-19 and criminal justice explores urban crime trends amid pandemic, ongoing social unrest.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Crime

Two researchers evaluating crime trends in 27 American cities during the pandemic and social unrest over police violence presented new findings through August 2020 in a report for the Commission.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Jails

A report by researchers with the NYU Public Safety Lab, based on data from 375 jails across 39 states, examined changes in jail populations, their composition, and rebooking trends from Jan. 1 through late July.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Prisons

Advancing knowledge about the impacts of COVID-19 on state and federal prisons, a report to the Commission examines rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality in correctional facilities and describes differences in such rates among states.

Study Released by National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice Finds Corona

Separate report finds that local jail populations decreased an average of 31% early in the pandemic before rising again in May.

Research in Brief: Domestic Violence Calls for Service

Two researchers briefed the Commission on their study exploring domestic violence calls for service to police.

Impact Report: State and Local Budgets

Experts from the Urban Institute explore present and future financial challenges that have erupted due to COVID-19.

Former U.S. Attorneys General Gonzales and Lynch to Lead National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

Diverse expert panel will assess pandemic’s impacts and produce roadmap for immediate and long-term reforms.

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Crime

The first impact report submitted to the Commission examines the consequences of recent stay-at-home orders and mass protests for crime rates in major U.S. cities.

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.

Diverse in Expertise and Perspective, CCJ Members Serve as Media Resource for Broad Range of Topics

With more than 175 members from across the criminal justice field, the Council on Criminal Justice serves as an expert resource for journalists covering everything from policing and crime trends to corrections, the courts, reentry, urban violence, and substance abuse, as well as the politics of reform and broader context of social and racial justice.…

CCJ Names Khalil Cumberbatch Senior Fellow

Cumberbatch joins national organization focused on enhancing safety and justice New York, NY  – Khalil A. Cumberbatch, a nationally recognized formerly incarcerated advocate for criminal justice policy reform, has been named a Senior Fellow by the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), a nonpartisan invitational membership organization and think tank. Cumberbatch will play a lead role in helping direct…

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.

Expert Task Force Unveils Consensus Roadmap for Federal Action on Criminal Justice

COVID-19 pandemic adds urgency to 15 evidence-based recommendations for improving public safety, health, and justice WASHINGTON, D.C. – With unprecedented speed and force, COVID-19 has upended life in the United States, sidelining entire industries while devastating families and communities. It has also laid bare the perilous vulnerabilities of our nation’s criminal justice system – and everyone connected…

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.