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 (CJPP) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) submitted testimony to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in advance of his visit to the United States this December.
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.