Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law – working to ensure that the promise of "justice for all" one day rings true. We seek comprehensive policy reforms in the criminal justice system to increase the accuracy, fairness and efficiency of the system, and at the same time we seek the elimination of racial disparities throughout the system. We lead a national indigent defense reform movement, dedicated to strengthening defender services. Through our Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network, we help public defenders achieve important policy reforms, even as they represent their clients in individual cases. We also seek to promote rational sentencing approaches by combining research, scholarship, and policy advocacy to address racial disparities in federal sentencing. We are fighting for policy changes to restore the right to vote for the formerly incarcerated, and to eliminate wrongful "fees & fines" with the goal of increasing the opportunities for positive contributions from those who have both served their time and"paid their debt to society." Our research, policy and advocacy focus on systemic reform that would combat lasting legacies of discrimination and inequality. We pursue a broad range of initiatives inspired by the goal of securing racial justice, New York, NY and Washington, DC.
Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Evaluation – is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to maintain a user-friendly online evaluation and performance measurement tool designed to assist state and local criminal justice planners, practitioners, State Administrative Agencies, researchers, and evaluators in : 1) conducting evaluations and performance measurement that will address the effectiveness and efficiency of their projects and 2) using evaluation information to improve program planning and implementation, Washington, DC. See Resources on Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System – a non-profit social service agency helping children and families involved with
the justice system as victims of crime, witnesses of crime, parties in custody
disputes, subjects of child protection proceedings, litigants in civil suits for
compensation, teenagers in therapeutic care settings, or youthful offenders. We
are known around the world for our innovative approach to understanding children exposed to domestic violence, supporting their mothers, and creating resources for service deliverers, London, ONT, CA.
Constables in Travis County, Texas (video), Justices of the Peace & Constables Association of Texas – highlights the important role of Constables and the variety of services they provide, including those to domestic violence survivors, Austin, TX.
Criminal Justice Profiles – making an informed decision about a career in criminal justice can be a daunting and difficult endeavor. For nearly 5 years we have been helping aspiring criminal justice professionals, job seekers and students make better, more informed career choices by providing them with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career and job information.
Justice and Health Connect – aims to increase the capacity of government agencies and community organizations to share information across behavioral health and justice systems. This website was developed to host the information and tools necessary to implement information sharing initiatives. This is a project of the Substance Use and Mental Health Program at the Vera Institute of Justice, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, New York, NY.
Justice in Focus: Crime Bill @20, Vera Institute of Justice – the making and legacy of the largest criminal justice legislation in U.S. history, New York, NY.
Timeline leading up to Crime Bill
National Association of Attorneys General – helps Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The mission is to facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs. NAAG fosters an environment of "cooperative leadership," helping Attorneys General respond effectively – individually and collectively – to emerging state and federal issues. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government, Washington, DC.
National Council on Crime and Delinquency – envisions just and humane social systems that promote strong and safe communities and improve the lives of all people. We value social justice, integrity, collaboration, innovation, and research. These values guide our daily work at all levels of the organization. Since 1907, NCCD has been applying research to policy and practice in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare. By formulating innovative approaches to public safety and advising hundreds of agencies on effective and cost-efficient policies, strategies, and programs, our studies and policy recommendations continue to revolutionize the field. Today NCCD’s expertise extends to the fields of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, adult protective services, economic support programs, data monitoring, gender and sexual orientation-specific justice issues, and education. NCCD has worked with agencies and organizations across the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, Bermuda, Taiwan, and Singapore, Oakland, CA.
National Criminal Justice Association – represents state, tribal, and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues. Its members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, victim-witness services and educational institutions to federal, state and local elected officials, Washington, DC.
National Domestic Violence Registry – the first national database model for domestic violence convictions available to the public. Modeled after the National Sex Offender Registry program, NDVR provides the conviction records of offenders, both men and women, who have been found guilty of domestic violence and domestic violence related offenses such as physical battering, stalking, criminal confinement, intimidation, strangulation, and domestic violence based sex offenses, etc. We provide this data free of charge and to the general public with records continuously being added daily. Our mission is to be an on-line, national resource that will aid in the awareness and prevention of domestic and family violence by posting the convictions of domestic abuse perpetrators and those offenders who have long term criminal orders of protection placed against them, and to provide comprehensive education about technology based programs, prevention, safety, and intervention models relating to domestic violence, Gary, IN.
National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction – the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction ~ legal sanction and restrictions imposed upon people because of the criminal record ~ are hard to find and harder to understand. Now it will be easier to do both. Congress directed the National Institute of Justice to collect and study collateral consequences in all U.S. jurisdictions, and NIJ selected the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section to perform the necessary research and analysis. The results are now being made available though this interactive tool.
Promising Practices Initiative – to design the most effective interventions against domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, policymakers and practitioners in advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution, and the courts need easy access to information about solutions that work. The Center on Victimization & Safety's Promising Practices Initiative is working closely with officials from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women and experts from the field to identify and share promising practices that will help jurisdictions improve their response to these issues, New York, NY.
Purple Berets – a grassroots, in-your-face women's rights group dedicated to gaining equal justice for women. We work as advocates for women who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and we do direct action political organizing to make system-wide change to give women access to justice, Santa Rosa, CA.
Restoration of Rights Project – the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is pleased to offer, as a resource, a collection of individual downloadable documents that profile the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to relief from the collateral consequences of conviction. The 54 jurisdictional profiles include provisions on loss and restoration of civil rights and firearms privileges, legal mechanisms for overcoming or mitigating collateral consequences and provisions addressing non-discrimination in employment and licensing. In addition to the full profiles, there is a set of charts covering all 50 states (plus territories and the federal system) that provide a side-by-side comparison and make it possible to see national patterns in restoration laws and policies, Washington, DC.
Restorative Justice Online – is a service of the Prison Fellowship International Center for Justice and Reconciliation. Its purpose is to be an authoritative, credible, non-partisan resource of information on restorative justice. The RJO editors have developed several features they hope will help users navigate the site: RJ Online Blog, user-specific navigation, articles database and other features, Washington, DC. See domestic violence page.
The Sentencing Project – working for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration, Washington, DC.
Vera Institute of Justice – Vera staff lead more than two dozen separate projects that each aim to reveal more about the meaning of justice even as they make a difference in the lives of individuals. Those projects include efforts to improve school safety, reduce violence against women, help men in prison prepare to return home, strengthen police-community relations, and more, New York, NY.