Governors Justice Series, and the news in criminal justice this week

Governors gathered to talk about opportunities for reform

The Justice Action Network continued its Governors Justice Series in Austin this week, in partnership with Google, Right on Crime, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. You can watch the full event here, or watch profiles of the speakers, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. Governor Bevin also wrote an op-ed on the conservative approach to justice reform. 

 

Justice reform initiatives continue to attract major philanthropy

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund announced $22 million in grants  to address the crisis of mass incarceration, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is funding reformers and helping them use social media and targeting to enhance educational efforts. 

 

Good policies can be good politics 

New polling from the ACLU showed strong support for justice reform across the board. Eighty-seven percent of Democrats, 67% of Independents and 57% of Republicans all agreed we should reduce our prison population. See more from the poll here

 

Justice reinvestment has support from law enforcement

Jake Lilly, from Law Enforcement Action Partnership shows how justice reinvestment has worked in Georgia and Texas, and will work in Louisiana.

 

Coast to coast, new reports are bridging the gap between scholarship on the books and reform on the ground

Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law released a four volume report featuring the work of dozens of researchers on criminalization, policing, pretrial and trial processes, punishment, incarceration and release. Across the country, the Project on Accountable Justice took a hard look at Florida’s criminal justice system, and the need for reform.