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The Justice Policy Network (JPN)
A community for emerging and established leaders in criminal justice to advance the creation and implementation of transformative justice policies and practices. The network recruits and trains a diverse group of individuals interested in pursuing and/or advancing a career in the government sector specializing in smart justice reform.
To create a community of individuals involved in criminal justice reform and to increase the number of and effectiveness of leaders in the government sector advancing a smart justice agenda.
Smart justice looks at the root cause of crime and the need to develop comprehensive outcomes instead of looking at the individual acts of crime. It seeks to treat an offense as a relational and educational opportunity for victims, offenders and all other members of the affected community
Revolve Impact and The Raben Group, two organizations with extensive experience in criminal justice policy, operate the Justice Policy Network.
In the past thirty years, we’ve seen unprecedented growth in our nation’s incarcerated population. Although violent crime has decreased, the U.S. now has the highest incarceration rate in the world with over 2.3 million inmates in federal, state, and local prisons. The social, economic and political costs of wasted human potential, families torn apart, and entire generations disenfranchised by the justice system are incalculable.
Violent crime is not responsible for the dramatic growth in the prison population. The unprecedented rise has been propelled primarily by state-level policy changes including the increased criminalization of drug-related activity, lengthening time in prison through mandatory minimum sentencing and corresponding reductions in the use of early release and services.
This increase has created the need to develop the next generation of system leaders to address these growing issues. As such, the overall purpose of the Justice Policy Network is to create a community of individuals involved in criminal justice reform and to increase the number of and effectiveness of leaders in the government sector advancing a smart justice agenda.