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.
On Friday, April 13, Governor Baker signed into law an omnibus criminal justice reform bill that includes the establishment of an independent forensic science commission in Massachusetts.
California Pretrial Reform: The Next Step in Realignment argues that the time for pretrial reform in California is now. The report describes California’s current pretrial system and notes that a majority of jail beds in California are filled by people either awaiting trial or sentencing—many of whom remain in jail simply because they cannot afford bail.
On September 25, 2017, CJPP and Fair and Just Prosectuion (FJP) hosted "A New Vision for the 21st Century Prosecutor" at Harvard Law School. Elected prosecutive leaders spoke at HLS with the next generation of lawyers about new paradigms in prosecution and the importance of prosecutors in bringing about systemic change.
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.