The Criminal Justice Policy Program works towards meaningful reforms on cutting-edge criminal justice issues. By conducting rigorous legal and policy analysis, forging partnerships with advocates and policymakers around the country, and convening diverse stakeholders, we aim to develop solutions to hard problems of criminal justice reform.
Excessive financial obligations, as well as improper practices for imposing and enforcing court debt, can have extremely harmful consequences for individuals, families, and communities. As part of its efforts to bring about significant reform in this area, the Criminal Justice Policy Program published Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: A Guide to Policy Reform.
On August 30, 2016, President Obama granted clemency to 111 people including three individuals represented as part of the Criminal Justice Policy Program’s Clemency Initiative.