Criminal Justice Reform Initiative

Now is the time to re-imagine the criminal justice system.

The Criminal Justice Reform Initiative envisions a racially equitable and just world without mass incarceration; our work is to amplify and promote policies and practices and transform the entire criminal justice continuum and reduce mass incarceration while also looking at the ecosystem of related inequalities that surround and perpetuate incarceration.

The criminal justice continuum is multifaceted and disjointed, but must be thought of as one system in order to make significant, lasting change. Our approach breaks the continuum into three segments, and identifies 18 different areas in need of reform. Find out more about the criminal justice continuum.

The initiative’s forthcoming Aspen Justice Network will play a critical role in transforming this continuum. The network, over time, will comprise of up to 10 local jurisdictions around the country to generate a steady and sustainable drumbeat of data-driven and community-informed policymaking.

Working with the Justice Mapping Project, we’ll also launch a new tool for local jurisdictions, The Justice Audit. The Audit is designed to report and track the forms of governance, training, and oversight active in or absent from each criminal justice agency across the continuum, including the police. Most importantly, the Audit is rooted in community-engaged development, transparency, and accountability in ways that push us toward a much needed form of community-involved justice. Learn more about the Justice Audit and the Aspen Justice Network.

Today’s world demands big dreams and big plans. We have both, so stay tuned as we announce more virtual events you can join and launch additional programs. To stay informed, sign up for our email list (below), check out our upcoming and recent events and other news, subscribe to our new Shades of Freedom podcast, and follow CJRI on Twitter.