What Motivates Leaders in Criminal Justice Reform?

Interviews with crime victims, policymakers, and other key stakeholders

What Motivates Leaders in Criminal Justice Reform?

Effective sentencing and corrections reform requires leadership from the highest levels of government, people in local communities, and everywhere in between. This collection includes interviews with influential leaders who have played important roles in their states’ reform efforts. In frank discussions, they summarize their motivations for engaging the issue, how they overcame opposition, and what’s needed to keep progress going. Some describe personal journeys that led them to shift their positions on crime and punishment and to embrace research-based solutions that protect public safety and hold offenders accountable while also controlling the size and cost of the prison system.

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Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest.

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States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.