The Criminal Justice Policy Program undertakes legal and policy initiatives that meaningfully advance criminal justice reform.

We bring an array of tools to these initiatives:

  • Legal and policy analysis designed to serve advocates or policymakers throughout the country
  • Partnerships with government agencies to pilot and implement practical reforms
  • Convenings structured to diagnose problems and chart concrete reforms

In addition to the program’s leadership and staff, Harvard Law School student-fellows contribute to all aspects of the program’s work. They engage in long-term projects designed to have a significant impact on cutting edge criminal justice issues at the local, state, and national level.

President Obama Grants Clemency to Three Federal Prison Inmates Represented Through CJPP’s Clemency Initiative

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.

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CJPP Publishes Guide for Policy Reform of Fees and Fines in the Criminal Justice System
September 8, 2016Announcement, News

CJPP Publishes Guide for Policy Reform of Fees and Fines in the Criminal Justice System

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.

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CJPP Directors Urge Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Consider Constitutional Issues Surrounding Bail
August 15, 2016News

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

CJPP leadership submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court urging it to consider the petition filed in Commonwealth v. Wagle that raises important constitutional issues relating to the use of cash bail in cases involving indigent defendants.

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