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As a new year begins, CJI welcomes new opportunities to drive bold and transformative improvements to justice systems throughout the country.

Our collaboration with partners at the national, state, and local level in 2023 will be broad and deep: spanning every stage of the justice process, from police contact to community supervision, and employing comprehensive, thorough analysis and problem-solving.

At the heart of CJI’s efforts is our decades-long commitment to advancing nonpartisan solutions supported by data and research.

Looking Forward

In 2023, CJI will continue working at the frontlines of the adult and youth justice systems, helping partners implement proven practices along with fresh and innovative models. Projects include:

  • Piloting a first-of-its-kind program addressing missed court appearances in Tarrant County, TX, with the goals of increasing fairness, improving outcomes, and reducing racial disparities
  • Spearheading a multi-year project in four states to reduce and improve the use of restrictive housing in prisons, while protecting the safety of those who live and work in state correctional facilities
  • Helping local jurisdictions reduce youth recidivism and confinement for violations of community supervision, improve interactions between youth and supervision staff, and demonstrate effective models to inform other jurisdictions across the nation
  • Working with stakeholders in up to four states to implement recommendations resulting from CJI’s assessment of supervision practices

Progress Made

Our work in 2023 will build on our partners’ accomplishments in 2022. Last year, CJI assisted jurisdictions from coast to coast in making progress toward their justice system goals.

We drove evidence-based policy change
We served as a trusted resource for unbiased analysis and evaluation
We promoted effective practices at the intersection of the justice system and behavioral health
  • Supported the development of a Virtual Crisis Care pilot in Nevada, modeled after South Dakota’s program, to divert people with mental health needs in rural areas from the justice system
  • Trained Nevada probation and parole officers to engage more effectively with people who have experienced trauma and those with behavioral health disorders
  • Developed a peer support curriculum to support correctional officer wellness and mental health in Tennessee jails
  • Delivered Managing Restrictive Housing Populations training to six jail systems and nine state departments of corrections, with a focus on diverting people with serious mental illness from restrictive housing
We supported the success of directly impacted people

These accomplishments would not be possible without the dedicated work of our funders: