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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.

Google and Apple aren’t letting police into your phone. What does that mean in the fight against crime?

Urban experts debate the pros and cons of Google’s and Apple’s new password protection policies for both law enforcement and users. Read More

Everyday violence: Gunfire near DC schools

About half of DC schools covered by gunshot–detection sensors are in close proximity to gunfire during the school day. Read More

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

Risk assessment is a key component of correctional practice, but its potential to contribute to racial disparity in the justice system has come under increasing scrutiny. Read More

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