• Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

    The Criminal Justice Policy Program

    We connect Harvard Law School to a broad network of stakeholders seeking to advance criminal justice reform.

Our Mission

Founded in 2015, the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School aims to advance criminal justice reform.

We use a variety of tools in support of that mission, including rigorous legal and policy analysis and convenings that bring stakeholders together to develop solutions to hard problems of criminal justice reform.

We undertake initiatives independently, with partner organizations, and with other centers across Harvard University focused on criminal justice issues.


CJPP Directors Urge Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Consider Constitutional Issues Surrounding Bail

August 15, 2016

CJPP’s faculty co-directors, Professors Carol Steiker and Alex Whiting, and its executive director, Larry Schwartztol, submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court urging it to consider the petition filed in Commonwealth v. Wagle. The petition raises important constitutional issues relating to the use of cash bail in cases involving indigent defendants. Read the letter here.