CJRI Programs

CJRI Programs: Justice and Governance Partnership

CJRI’s forthcoming Justice and Governance Partnership, launching in mid-2021, will support the transformation of justice systems in selected local communities that have been invited to participate. This network, over time, will comprise of up to 10 jurisdictions, and will generate a steady increase of data-driven, community-informed policies and practices that the whole country can learn from. Each JGP community will receive up to 5 years of support from CJRI, including both funding and technical assistance.

JGP will help local jurisdictions consolidate analytical capacity and organize policy improvements focused on ending overdependence on the criminal legal system as a response to structural discrimination and persistent poverty. JGP work will stimulate investment in the local  institutions and networks most knowledgeable about neighborhood safety and justice. JGP does this by convening power-sharing collaborations among government and community stakeholders; anchoring these processes in a ‘Justice Audit’ of the wider justice ecosystem; and providing technical assistance to communities through selected national technical assistance providers.

components of Justice and Governance Partnership

National Technical Assistance

JGP communities will have access to a suite of national technical assistance partners, which will support the following activities:

–Work with local stakeholders to develop and launch a Justice Audit (as described below)

–Work with local stakeholders to translate Justice Audit findings and support implementation of local policy priorities

–Work with local stakeholders to advocate for state and federal policy and statutory reforms

–Conduct, with local stakeholders, developmental (process) and impact (outcomes) evaluations to understand the effects of JGP on local practices and policies

Local Justice Intermediary and Justice Audit

The need, at the community level, to institutionalize an annual review of criminal justice services is more evident today than ever. Participants in JGP will selecte a local justice intermediary organization, which, working with the Justice Mapping Center, will launch the Justice Audit process and lead the JGP work in their community.

The Audit is designed, working within a specific community, to report and track the forms of governance, training, and oversight in each criminal justice agency across the criminal justice continuum.  Experience has taught us that most jurisdictions which have lowered their use of incarceration have done so through data driven management of local policies. However, today many places lack the resources and capacities to systematically conduct, implement, and evaluate data-driven justice policy reform annually and comprehensively. Many justice reform initiatives become one-time, program-specific efforts; which, without the benefit of annually updated analyses of system-wide data, leave future reforms subject to the winds of political change.

Most importantly, JGP’s Justice Audit is rooted in community-engaged development, transparency, and accountability in ways that push us toward much needed forms of community-involved justice. Even the best data-driven criminal justice reform efforts often fail to incorporate community experiences, interests and priorities regarding safety and justice, nor the perspectives of justice system practitioners, nor those who have been justice involved. This is an especially problematic omission in light of the well documented spatial concentration of criminal justice activity found to emerge in low-income neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color, which already suffer multiple layers of inequality.

Aspen Justice Network

JGP’s Aspen Justice Network will comprise of the local jurisdictions selected to participate in JGP.

The Justice Network will:

– Foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and talent development among leaders

– Share knowledge and practices across the network

– Share lessons learned about changing local justice policy

– Learn from experts and researchers outside of the JGP network

-Help to inform change at state and federal levels