CJRI Programs

Justice and Governance Partnership

The Aspen Institute Criminal Justice Reform Initiative’s Justice and Governance Partnership (JGP) will support invited jurisdictions to improve analytical capacity and support policy improvements focused on ending overdependence on the criminal legal system, and will stimulate reinvestment in the local people, institutions and networks most knowledgeable about neighborhood safety and justice.

JGP does this by convening collaborations among government and community stakeholders and creation of a Local Justice Intermediary, enhancing analytic capacity of partnerships through recurring Justice Audits, and supporting communities and jurisdictions to improve local justice-related policies through Justice Reinvestment Plans.

The Justice and Governance Partnership, over time, will comprise of up to 10 jurisdictions and will generate a steady increase of data-driven, community-informed policies and practices that will improve the lives of community members and reduce public costs, producing lessons that ultimately the whole country can learn and benefit from. Working with local justice funding collaboratives, each JGP site could receive, depending on funding availability, up to 5 years of support from CJRI, including up to $2.75M in funding, with additional technical assistance from national partners and participation in a peer learning group, the Aspen Justice Network.

The real-world impact envisioned by JGP is a transformation in the local justice ecosystem as seen ultimately in improvements in the lives of residents. To accomplish this, improvement must be also seen in justice-related systems and in involvement of the community in this new vision of justice.  The four areas of impact that JGP expects to see are:

  1. Better Lives for Individuals Through a Reduction in ‘Crisis Management Governance’
  2. A High Impact, Collaborative Local Justice Ecosystem
  3. Justice Policy Self-Determination with Increased Community Involvement and Focus on Equity
  4. Expanded Community-Led Violence Prevention and Socio-Economic Mobility

For more detailed information on the impacts of JGP, Justice Audits and Reinvestment Plans, and the 5-year JGP plan to attain results, please see the JGP Program Description.