Justice Programs Office, School of Public Affairs, American University

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The Justice Programs Office (JPO), a center in the School of Public Affairs at American University, was established in 1989 to apply the tools of scholarship, professionalism, and "best practices" to the design and management of public programs, with particular attention to policy development and the administration of justice at the local, state, and federal levels of government. To carry out this mission, the JPO engages in training, technical assistance, and research and provides information and publication dissemination services to government officials, NGOs, and the public at large.

Mission: The Justice Programs Office (JPO), a center in the School of Public Affairs at American University, uses translational research, innovative solutions, and collaboration to advance an equitable justice system that promotes human dignity and respect.

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If you haven't already, check out the Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Program Assessment Tool for treatment court pr...
09/08/2020

If you haven't already, check out the Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Program Assessment Tool for treatment court professionals to better identify areas where racial and ethnic disparities may exist in their court program's policies, practices and procedures. It's an automated online assessment that produces a report as soon as you hit submit. Go to redtool.org and request a court ID.

đŸ’» Join our webinar “Understanding and Responding to Labor Trafficking”  📅 August 4, 2:00 p.m. EST  Learn the dynamics of...
07/14/2020
Understanding and Responding to Labor Trafficking

đŸ’» Join our webinar “Understanding and Responding to Labor Trafficking”

📅 August 4, 2:00 p.m. EST

Learn the dynamics of labor trafficking, and how criminal courts can help to reduce harm to survivors. https://rb.gy/wfho9o

An estimated 25 million people are labor trafficked worldwide. Despite the prevalence of labor trafficking, survivors are often overlooked and misidentified. Many are trafficked in common industries like housekeeping, restaurant services, and farm labor, and are thus hidden in plain sight. In crimin...

The Justice in Government Project’s (JGP) Karen Lash was quoted in a New Republic article uncovering the inequities of t...
06/24/2020
No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice

The Justice in Government Project’s (JGP) Karen Lash was quoted in a New Republic article uncovering the inequities of the civil legal system and the individuals behind a growing mobilization to fix them. Especially now, access to civil legal aid makes government more effective and furthers public priorities in housing, domestic abuse, employment, SSI benefits, health and mental health care, family services, and more. Read the article: https://newrepublic.com/article/158095/civil-legal-system-no-money-no-lawyer-no-justice

The vast, hidden inequities of the civil legal system

Today we commemorate Juneteenth known as the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It comm...
06/19/2020
12 Things You Might Not Know About Juneteenth

Today we commemorate Juneteenth known as the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. #Juneteenth https://bit.ly/3ehcazz

Juneteenth has been celebrated since enslaved people in Texas were told about their freedom on June 19, 1865. Here's what you need to know about the holiday.

The COVID-19 pandemic is touching many aspects of the local judicial process. The change in procedures is raising questi...
06/16/2020
Courtroom procedures change amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is touching many aspects of the local judicial process. The change in procedures is raising questions about the legality of court plans, including concerns over how wearing masks or the placement of a jury may impact a trial and may violate Sixth Amendment rights. https://bit.ly/3d2paaF

When jury trials resume in San Mateo County on Monday, the courtrooms will look vastly different. The coronavirus pandemic is touching many aspects of the local judicial process.

Is it too early to end Emergency Bail Policy amid uncertainty regarding the spread of coronavirus? As states begin phase...
06/12/2020
Prosecutors, advocates differ over ï»ż$0 bail COVID-19 rule

Is it too early to end Emergency Bail Policy amid uncertainty regarding the spread of coronavirus? As states begin phased reopening amid the #COVID19 pandemic, they are also seeking to end $0 bail emergency orders. Bail Reform advocates say a $0 bail initiative helps prevent unnecessary incarceration of defendants who are stuck in jail simply because they can't afford bail. #BailReform https://bit.ly/2AvHV9d

As California continues its phased reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Judicial Council of California voted to end its $0 bail emergency order.

JPO continues to bring you information, resources, and news that will help you face your challenges, whether you are try...
06/11/2020

JPO continues to bring you information, resources, and news that will help you face your challenges, whether you are trying to figure out how to safely reopen your treatment court or working to ensure your client has the right to counsel or access to civil legal aid. This month, sign up for our webinar on drugs and human trafficking and check out our resources section for civil legal aid, veterans, and other resources. Stay safe and have a great June. https://conta.cc/3fbFHL5

Justice in Government Project and @NLADA released Just Research newsletter highlighting civil legal resources and new re...
06/10/2020

Justice in Government Project and @NLADA released Just Research newsletter highlighting civil legal resources and new research related to veterans, reentry, and human trafficking that demonstrate how civil legal aid improves lives and makes governments more fair and effective. https://mailchi.mp/13a656febc5a/justresearchmay2020

Learn about the Access to Justice crisis COVID19 poses in courts and jails; find relevant resources for defenders and ad...
06/04/2020

Learn about the Access to Justice crisis COVID19 poses in courts and jails; find relevant resources for defenders and advocates; catch up on legislative efforts to ensure the #right2counsel and strengthen public defense. Check out our R2C Summer Newsletter! https://conta.cc/3eSlOIW

Following the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the ensuing protests around the ...
06/03/2020

Following the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the ensuing protests around the US and the world against injustice, Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend, supporting our First Amendment right to peacefully protest, offered $100,000 for #bailout for protesters. There have been numerous calls to end cash bail that criminalizes poverty, as people who are unable to afford bail are detained while they await trial for weeks or even months in jail. #BailReform

Representing clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic crisis, and national protests for justice is putting a st...
06/02/2020
4 public defenders on how coronavirus makes it impossible to fight for their clients

Representing clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic crisis, and national protests for justice is putting a strain on public defenders. Read this article where four public defenders describe how the coronavirus makes it impossible to fight for their clients. https://www.mic.com/p/4-public-defenders-on-how-coronavirus-makes-it-impossible-to-fight-for-their-clients-22874876

This article was originally published by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter, or follow The Marshall Project on Facebook or Twitter. Public defenders rely on


Spokane County, which received about $90 million from the CARES Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, is weighing whe...
06/01/2020

Spokane County, which received about $90 million from the CARES Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, is weighing whether to spend the money to expand jail capacity to avoid returning to overcrowding and allow for social distancing in jails or on alternatives to jail such as pretrial supervision and other items from rental assistance to testing and other medical supplies. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/may/31/spokane-county-considers-using-federal-coronavirus/

More than 40 million people have filed for first-time unemployment benefits since COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in Marc...
05/28/2020
A clean slate in the age of coronavirus

More than 40 million people have filed for first-time unemployment benefits since COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in March. However, formerly incarcerated people face greater challenges unless clean slate legislation is enacted to provide record-clearing (to expunge and seal records) to remove barriers and reduce recidivism. https://www.newsday.com/opinion/coronavirus/prisoners-clean-slate-coronavirus-covid-19-1.44824963

With jobless claims topping an unprecedented 30 million and counting, nearly half of American workers may be unemployed by mid-May. We are already in a recession; the only uncertainty is how bad it wi

National Institute of Corrections released Barracks Behind Bars II: In Veteran-Specific Housing Units, Veterans Help Vet...
05/27/2020

National Institute of Corrections released Barracks Behind Bars II: In Veteran-Specific Housing Units, Veterans Help Veterans Help Themselves, a report that highlights programs in prisons that aim to improve outcomes for justice-involved #veteranshttps://s3.amazonaws.com/static.nicic.gov/Library/033092.pdf

Across the US, people coming home from prison during the #Coronavirus crisis are running into this seemingly simple but ...
05/26/2020
No Photo ID, No Services: Coronavirus Poses Steep Hurdles After Prison

Across the US, people coming home from prison during the #Coronavirus crisis are running into this seemingly simple but overwhelming dilemma: How do you get an official photo ID when almost every licensing office is closed? #ReEntry https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/26/no-photo-id-no-services-coronavirus-poses-steep-hurdles-after-prison?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_source=opening-statement&utm_term=newsletter-20200526-1998&utm_source=The+Marshall+Project+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e025b53e60-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_05_26_11_50&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5e02cdad9d-e025b53e60-171550165

For many people leaving prison during the pandemic, closed DMVs mean closed doors.

A lack of useful data and no fully implemented case management & e-filing system limited Maine #courts in understanding ...
05/26/2020
New e-filing and case management system to help officials seeking to reform Maine’s criminal justice system

A lack of useful data and no fully implemented case management & e-filing system limited Maine #courts in understanding why, since 2000, an increasing number of people have remained jailed while awaiting trial & how to improve its pretrial process. https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/new-e-filing-and-case-management-system-help-officials-seeking-reform-maine-s-crimina/131386

A lack of data has created a massive roadblock for committees, task forces and legislators weighing potential major reforms to Maine’s criminal justice system. Last February, Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley reconvened the...

A recent @verainstitute report shows the 2019 "estimated midyear jail population was 1.8% higher than in midyear 2017, p...
05/18/2020

A recent @verainstitute report shows the 2019 "estimated midyear jail population was 1.8% higher than in midyear 2017, part of a 4-yr increase in the total US jail population.” Jail incarceration rates are up in rural jurisdictions & down in urban areas. https://www.vera.org/publications/people-in-jail-in-2

A powerful OpEd from @nytimes, which includes a letter from inside a OH correctional institution where #COVID19 is rampa...
05/14/2020
Opinion | Let Our People Go

A powerful OpEd from @nytimes, which includes a letter from inside a OH correctional institution where #COVID19 is rampant. #CJReform #massincarceration

"Shouldn’t we also consider whether it is truly 'essential' for millions of people to be caged?"

A letter from inside Marion Correctional Institution is the voice of those locked in cages and discarded during this pandemic.

#COVID19 upended the semester for college students everywhere & thousands of incarcerated students are no exception. The...
05/14/2020
Can College Programs in Prison Survive COVID-19?

#COVID19 upended the semester for college students everywhere & thousands of incarcerated students are no exception. The difference: incarcerated people are cut off from the Internet & distance learning options are limited. Education is a #secondchance.

Many educators found workarounds now that they can no longer enter the prisons. But they fear the coronavirus could undermine a critical component: teaching in person

05/12/2020
The Marshall Project

As long as social distancing means isolation, school cancellation & no family visits, should #juvenilejustice agencies provide learning, growth & hope? Only 10 states have announced steps to reduce the # of confined children at the state level. The Marshall Project reports.

"We're seeing higher levels of depression and anxiety and the isolation is creating problems for them and managing their...
05/08/2020
How The Pandemic Is Impacting Utah Drug Courts, Part 1

"We're seeing higher levels of depression and anxiety and the isolation is creating problems for them and managing their recovery programs,” @utahpublicradio reports on how #COVID19 is impacting drug court. #drugcourtmonth #COVIDandtheCourts

Utah drug courts play an important role in addressing the state’s opioid epidemic, especially in rural communities. Now that efforts to mitigate the

This May, we celebrate our commitment to treatment courts. Check out our newsletter for our latest blog on quarantining ...
05/07/2020

This May, we celebrate our commitment to treatment courts. Check out our newsletter for our latest blog on quarantining & alcohol, federal funds for local courts, @right2counsel & the access to justice crisis, a new date for our #Veterans event, & more. Read it here: https://conta.cc/2WH0MFI

In honor of #GivingTuesdayNow, we applaud the volunteers who are sewing the protective masks now being used by those inc...
05/05/2020
A volunteer army has answered Colorado’s need for masks. Denver’s jails are one recent beneficiary.

In honor of #GivingTuesdayNow, we applaud the volunteers who are sewing the protective masks now being used by those incarcerated and staff inside Denver County jails. These cloth masks limit the spread of #COVID19 and can be washed and reused-thank you!

With some catchy names and time on their hands, volunteers have helped power Colorado through its overwhelming demand by revving up their sewing machines

Courts are closing, w/ some video hearings & attempted social distancing. But w/ many people now out of work, the enforc...
04/27/2020
Covid-19 and Criminal Justice: It’s Time to Suspend Fees and Fines

Courts are closing, w/ some video hearings & attempted social distancing. But w/ many people now out of work, the enforcement of court-ordered criminal fees and fines continues in many places, The Brennan Center says this needs to change. #COVIDandtheCourts

Even during normal times, fees and fines are an ineffective source of government revenue.

New Jersey #drugcourts are holding virtual sessions to help guide those in recovery during #COVID19. Last week 24/25 pro...
04/23/2020
New Jersey drug courts offering virtual sessions

New Jersey #drugcourts are holding virtual sessions to help guide those in recovery during #COVID19. Last week 24/25 program participants scheduled to appear before a judge arrived on time by video conference. #opioidcrisis #COVIDandtheCourts

New Jersey drug courts have been holding virtual sessions to help guide those in recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

04/21/2020
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We're looking forward to American Probation and Parole Association's webinar "COVID-19: How are #Veterans Treatment Courts Dealing with the Coronavirus?" Judges & Specialists will discuss emphasizing safety & maintaining community connections despite #COVID19. You can join too!

Many #CJReforms will be tested during #COVID19. Evaluating them will be more complicated than watching crime rates, as t...
04/19/2020
COVID-19 and Justice Reform: Be Careful What You Wish For | The Crime Report

Many #CJReforms will be tested during #COVID19. Evaluating them will be more complicated than watching crime rates, as there's huge stress on public health systems, the economy, & reduced social support (incl mental health & substance abuse treatment).

The pandemic has managed to do what years of advocacy have not: transform the pace of criminal justice reform from a trickle to a torrent. But it may also strengthen opponents if results fall short of expectations, warn R Street Institute researchers.

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The Office of Professional Education Programs & Services at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is working to inform interested parties about the 35th National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Conference taking place this month at the UW-Stout campus. The NRI event has a FB presence in addition to the conference website whose links might be of interest to members of your community (located at the bottom of this message). Please feel free to share this information with any contacts you feel might be interested in the Conference, especially those engaged in teen and veterans issues. Many thanks! https://www.uwstout.edu/outreach-engagement/lifelong-learning/other-opportunities/national-rural-institute-alcohol-and-drug-abuse https://www.facebook.com/events/696082290846589/