Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law – is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion, New York, NY and Washington, DC.
Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement – 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.
Centre for Justice & Reconciliation – is a program of Prison Fellowship International. Its mission is to develop and promote restorative justice in criminal justice systems around the world, Washington, DC.
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.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center – is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. Staff provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The Justice Center evolved from the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference justice program to a national center in 2006, and serves all states to promote effective data-driven practices — particularly in areas in which the criminal justice system intersects with other disciplines, such as public health — to provide practical solutions to public safety and cross-systems problems. The Justice Center builds on a solid foundation of work related to reentry, responses to people with mental illnesses who are involved with the criminal justice system, and justice reinvestment — a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods, Lexington, KY.
Criminal Justice Profiles – trying to figure out which criminal justice or law enforcement career to pursue, or simply finding the ideal criminal justice job, can be a difficult–and quite frequently time consuming–endeavor. CriminalJusticeProfiles.org was established to help criminal justice and law enforcement students as well as aspiring criminal justice career professionals make better, more informed job and career choices by providing them with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career development and job search resource.
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
Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics, a project from National Center for Juvenile Justice – an online repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states. The site layers the most relevant national and state level statistics with information on state laws and practice and charts juvenile justice system change. In a landscape that is highly decentralized and ever-shifting, JJGPS provides an invaluable resource for those wanting to improve the juvenile justice system. We hope that the information will be used as a platform for inspiring change and finding solutions that have been applied in other places, Pittsburgh, PA.
State Juvenile Justice Profiles
London Family Court Clinic – for over 40 years the London Family Court Clinic has served children and families involved in the justice system. We are a non-profit, registered charity funded partially by the Ontario government and overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors, London, ONT, CA.
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 an online violent offender and domestic violence registry available to the general public. 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, and strangulation, etc. Use of this registry is free to the general public, available by internet 24 hours per day.
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.
The Osborne Association – works in partnership with individuals, families and communities to create opportunities for people affected by the criminal justice system to further develop their strengths and lead lives of responsibility and contribution. We design, implement and advocate for solutions that prevent and reduce the damage caused by crime and incarceration. Our programs use evidence-based interventions, drawing upon research and evaluation that has demonstrated success with people involved in the criminal justice system, and are designed to be family-focused, supporting participants within the context of their family relationships and communities—strengthening relationships that are the bedrock of our participants’ future success.
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, 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.
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.