Ohio is among the states most negatively impacted by the addiction crisis, with the second highest number of drug overdose deaths of any in the nation. It is critical to understand from the evidence and research that incarceration as a response to drug possession fails to address the problem of drug use.
Over the past decade, Ohio lawmakers have been national leaders in showing the country how to take bold, important steps to improve the operation of Ohio’s justice system to target and scale back excessively harsh and wasteful policies in best-practice ways that improve public safety overall.
National research has shown that there is no relationship between the severity of a state’s approach to drug imprisonment and the level of drug problems in that state.
Senate Bill 3 changes low-level felony drug possession to an unclassified misdemeanor. States that have reclassified simple possession continue to have thriving drug courts, and some states have expanded their drug court programs.
Ohio is considering changes to drug sentencing laws, and policymakers should rely on a growing body of evidence that demonstrates felony convictions and incarceration to be ineffective responses to drug abuse.
Across the United States, popular support for criminal justice reform is at an all-time high. More and more Americans of all walks of life agree that the “tough-on-crime” era resulted in bloated, costly and ineffective corrections practices.
Because comprehensive data hasn’t been available, the public safety debate in Texas has had to rely on anecdote rather than data when it comes to the views and needs of those most negatively impacted by crime and violence: victims. To fill this gap, the Alliance for Safety and Justice commissioned a survey of Texas crime […]
Illinois is in the midst of reexamining the policies that have led to over-incarceration and a significant shift in its approach to public safety. For the first time in decades, criminal justice practitioners, lawmakers, and the general public are rethinking sentencing laws, prison spending, and the best ways to address crime and violence.
Protecting victims of crime and promoting public safety is the most important function of Michigan’s criminal justice system. It is therefore essential to consider the experiences and perspectives of crime survivors when determining safety and justice policy.
The National Survey of Victims’ Views is the first-of-its-kind research on crime survivors’ experiences with the criminal justice system and their preferences for safety and justice policy.
In the public debate on how to design a criminal justice system that serves the needs of California’s communities and makes them safer, the perspectives of victims and survivors of crime are essential.
There has never been a better time to consider the experiences and perspective of Florida’s crime victims. For the first time in a generation, Florida leaders and lawmakers are rethinking the direction of the state’s public safety and criminal justice policies.
By Lenore Anderson, The Guardian, May 21, 2015
By Robert Rooks, Huffington Post, September 28, 2015
This toolkit from Equal Justice USA will give you the information you need to understand VOCA funding, eligibility, and whether your organization is ready to apply for and sustain a VOCA grant.
The National Network for Safe Communities, a project of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, lays out a vision for a prosecutor’s office that acts strategically to reduce crime, enhances the legitimacy of the criminal justice system, strengthens the capacity of communities to prevent and reduce crime, and reduces the unintended consequences of existing criminal […]
Latino Voices: The Impact of Crime and Criminal Justice Policies on Latinos, authored by Californians for Safety and Justice, reveals that most public safety policies don’t align with many California Latino needs and values – and highlights growing calls for change.
Breaking the Cycle of Low Level Crime, a brief by Californians for Safety & Justice, highlights some key local innovations that, if adapted to scale, could replace old ways of doing business with improved public safety, reduced cycles of crime and increased cost-savings.
The Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform was established to review the State’s current criminal justice and sentencing structure, and the use of alternatives to incarceration, and make recommendations for amendments to state law that will reduce the State’s current prison population by 25% by 2025. This report by the commission presents a set of fourteen foundational recommendations needed in order for the State to reach its goal.
10,000 Fewer Michigan Prisoners: Strategies to reach the goal, released by Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending, examines the key factors that led to an increase in Michigan’s prison population and recommends a list of policy changes grounded in data and research.
In fiscal year 2015 the U.S. Congress approved a federal cap of $2.3 billion for victim services under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). The Victims of Crime Act and the Need for Advocacy toolkit, prepared by Californians for Safety and Justice, offers an overview of VOCA and provides advocacy tools to bring funding to under-resourced providers and communities.