Issues

The Justice Roundtable champions critical justice reform issues before the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

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Commutations and Pardons


The policy discussion around the President’s constitutional power to commute sentences has been reinvigorated. We advocate for a robust use of the clemency power and the release of the broadest spectrum of prisoners possible without compromising public safety.

Crimmigration


“Crimmigration” is the place where the criminal justice and immigration systems intersect. We highlight the connections between immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system so that reform impacting both can be jointly addressed.

Drug Policy Reform


In 2010, 1.6 million people were arrested on nonviolent drug charges. We promote initiatives that seek to reduce the societal harms associated with drug use and the over-incarceration that has resulted from excessive sentences for drug crimes.

Human Rights


U.S. criminal justice policies should conform to international human rights norms. We bring the criminal justice and human rights communities together to effectuate change.

Law Enforcement Reform


The misuse of power by law enforcement officers and prosecutors sometimes results in improper profiling as well as the abuse of prosecutorial discretion. We shine a light on the importance of law enforcement accountability in the criminal justice system.

Prison Reform


Overcrowding, medical inadequacies, sexual assault, solitary confinement and other threats to the health and safety of both prisoners and guards proliferate in U.S. prisons and jails. We seek an end to cruel, degrading and inhumane conditions of confinement.

Racial Justice


Racial disparities in the criminal justice system and the criminalization of communities of color are among the most vexing issues facing the country. We strive to include the impact of race as a serious part of any discussion of systemic reform.

Reentry


People with criminal convictions face punitive policies upon their release that restrict their access to housing, employment, public benefits, education and the franchise. We advocate for the elimination of the collateral consequences of a conviction and for full funding for the Second Chance Act

Sentencing Reform


Today, almost one in 100 people are incarcerated in the U.S. We urge Congress to reassess the role and impact of the sentencing laws enacted over a quarter of a century ago and eliminate harsh prison terms as the centerpiece of the nation’s crime-fighting strategy.

State Issues


Policymakers and advocates have had success in adopting criminal justice laws geared toward reducing prison and jail populations in nearly 30 states. We help facilitate the exchange of ideas between federal and state advocates to help change the conversation at the federal level.

Youth Justice


Punitive discipline sanctions and policing in schools have been counter-productive and contribute to the “school to prison pipeline.” We seek policy reform that improves the success of system-involved youth.

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