About CJRI

About CJRI

Our Vision

Where true justice is realized, both safety and opportunity are defined and created by communities themselves, becoming free of the heavy weight of the criminal legal system.

Our Mission

Our mission is to amplify and promote policies and practices to transform the justice ecosystem and reduce mass incarceration and its harms to individuals and society. We do this at local and national levels through convening stakeholders and supporting collaborations, strengthening leadership, promoting use of data, increasing public awareness and changing the narrative around justice in the United States.

Our Values

  • Equity & Justice
  • Systemic Transformation
  • Humility
  • Collaboration
  • Pluralism
  • Community Self-Determination

Our values and work are rooted in three principles:

  1. To create justice, we must look beyond the ‘justice system’ to a justice ecosystem that also includes human and social systems, including health, education, workforce, housing and more.
  2. Community members and groups representing those most disproportionately impacted by the justice system must be a key part of any transformation process.
  3. We must focus on making change happen on the ground, in neighborhoods and regions where both practice and policy must combine to create just systems. These local developments then should influence and drive state and federal policy change.

More information on what these values mean to us.


Dr. Douglas E. Wood

Dr. Douglas E. Wood

Director, Criminal Justice Reform Initiative

The Aspen Institute


Learn more about Dr. Wood and the whole CJRI team.


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