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Justice Policy Center

The Justice Policy Center (JPC) conducts nonpartisan research and evaluation to improve justice and public safety policies and practices at the national, state, and local levels. We collaborate extensively with practitioners, public officials, and community groups to inform criminal justice decisionmaking in the interests of improving the safety and well-being of communities across the country.

California's Prop 47 passed. Now what?

Prop 47 reclassifies certain felonies as misdemeanors in an effort to reduce mass incarceration. But truly reducing prison populations will require more than just reforms to drug and property offenses. Read More

What you should know about the cost of rape exams

Rape victims are often faced with large bills after undergoing medical forensic exams. Who pays for rape exams and how do policies differ by state? Read More

Could risk assessment contribute to racial disparity in the justice system?

Rearrest and reconviction are two of the most common measures of recidivism, but four other useful metrics should also be adopted. Read More

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