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Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities: Mid-Year 2022 Update

A new analysis for CCJ looks at crime trends in major U.S. cities, extending the data through 2022 mid-year.

New CCJ Analysis: Long Sentences by the Numbers

The Task Force on Long Sentences is assessing our nation’s use of long prison terms and formulating recommendations to advance safety and justice. This series of charts serves as a foundation for the deliberations of the group, a diverse set of experts from varied sectors of the criminal justice field and across the ideological spectrum.

Health and Reentry Project
Issue Brief 2

This issue brief outlines key principles for changing Medicaid’s role in reentry, proposes a new reentry care model, and identifies essential elements for successful implementation of potential new Medicaid reentry policies.

UpClose with Tarra Simmons

This month’s member spotlight features Tarra Simmons, representative for the 23rd legislative district in Washington State and founding director of Civil Survival.

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.

UpClose with David Safavian

Our newest member video spotlights David Safavian, Deputy Director of the American Conservative Union Foundation's Center for Criminal Justice Reform.

Health and Reentry Project
Issue Brief 1

This issue brief describes Medicaid’s role as well as the policy changes that are under consideration, health care in the criminal justice system, and key implementation issues that will be central to the success of changing Medicaid’s role at reentry.

UpClose with Chico Tillmon

Our newest member video spotlights Chico Tillmon, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs, violence prevention expert, and member of CCJ’s Violent Crime Working Group.

Extending Medicaid Coverage to Incarcerated People

The Health and Reentry Project was launched to maximize the beneficial impacts of a Medicaid policy shift on public health and public safety.

Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities:
Year-End 2021 Update

A new analysis for CCJ looks at crime trends in major U.S. cities, extending the data through the end of 2021.

Event Recording: Ten Essential Actions Cities Can Take to Reduce Violence Now

Watch six members of the Violent Crime Working Group discuss their final report "Saving Lives: Ten Essential Actions Cities Can Take to Reduce Violence Now"

Saving Lives: Ten Essential Actions
Cities Can Take to Reduce Violence Now

Amid a rise in homicide, diverse CCJ panel urges leaders to reject “us vs. them” politics and collaborate on ten essential steps to reduce violence now.

Meeting Bulletin #7: Integrating Local Violence Reduction Efforts; State and Federal Support

At two meetings in November, Working Group outlines the importance of strong local leadership to a successful anti-violence strategy, and what the state and federal governments should do to provide support.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.