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.
The Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School announces that Brook Hopkins will serve as the program’s new Executive Director. Hopkins has experience litigating a broad range of cases, including criminal, death penalty, civil rights, and immigration cases. Most recently, Hopkins was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
Criminal justice debt – the result of fees and fines in the criminal justice system – has serious consequences. The Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder brings transparency to this area of significant legal complexity: it gives easier access to state laws that govern criminal justice debt and suggests policy solutions through the Criminal Justice Policy Program’s Confronting Criminal Justice Debt: A Guide for Policy Reform.
Moving Beyond Money: A Primer on Bail Reform provides guidance on devising a system of pretrial decision-making that preserves judicial integrity and protects public safety while also ensuring fairness, transparency, and efficiency.
A recent column in the Boston Globe highlighted the Criminal Justice Policy Program’s successful advocacy as part of its Clemency Initiative.
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.