Task Force on Long Sentences Releases Comprehensive Roadmap to Strengthen Public Safety and Advance Justice 

By Rachel Yen | March 21, 2023

Based on a year-long analysis, recommendations outline steps to focus resources on violence prevention and victim restoration

National Panel Says Justice System Fails to Consistently Identify Veterans and Steer Them Away From Incarceration 

By Rachel Yen | March 2, 2023

Led by two former defense secretaries, CCJ commission calls for creation of a national center to advance best practices for justice-involved veterans and coordinate support 

UpClose with Ganesha Martin

By Rachel Yen | February 24, 2023

This month’s member spotlight features Ganesha Martin, President & CEO at G.M.M. Consulting, LLC and VP of Public Policy and Community Affairs at Mark43.

Comments on the Killing of Tyre Nichols

By Rachel Yen | February 16, 2023

Members of the Council, Board of Trustees, task forces, and staff share their comments following the killing of Tyre Nichols

Jurors Appear to Weigh Sympathy for Defendants in Capital Sentencing Cases

By Rachel Yen | February 15, 2023

Does information about defendants’ adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect, affect jurors’ sentencing decisions in death penalty cases? This research examines that question.

Electronic Monitoring of Girls Fails to Reduce Recidivism

By Rachel Yen | February 15, 2023

What impact does electronic monitoring have on girls who have been adjudicated for delinquency or truancy? In this analysis, the Council reviews research on the effectiveness of such monitoring for reducing reoffending and improving outcomes among adolescent girls.

Do 911 Call Takers Prime Officers for Danger?

By Rachel Yen | February 15, 2023

This analysis investigates how call takers who routinely assess calls as high-risk influence police officers’ interpretations of the scene. It also explores practical ways police agencies can respond to the problem.

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

By Rachel Yen | January 25, 2023

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

Homicide, Gun Assault, Domestic Violence Declined in Major U.S. Cities in 2022 but Remain Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Rachel Yen | January 25, 2023

New CCJ Analysis Also Documents a 59% Spike in Motor Vehicle Theft Since 2019, With Thefts More Than Doubling in 14 Cities

New Research Indicates Modest Reductions in Long Sentences in Illinois Would Result in Few Additional Arrests

By Rachel Yen | January 12, 2023

Analysis for CCJ task force examined arrest histories of people who served an average of 19 years to evaluate public safety impact of shortening prison stays