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In the budget proposal that the White House released last Friday, President Joe Biden requested $796 million for juvenile justice programs and initiatives for fiscal year 2022, with $100 million to incentivize states to implement community-based alternatives to youth incarceration.

Criminal justice issues are at the forefront in New York City and nationally. The justice policies NYC’s next mayor pursues and prioritizes will determine the future of safety for our city as well as justice for all of our residents.

Columbia Justice Lab issues a statement on Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s recent retreat from groundbreaking youth justice reforms.

Mayor de Blasio has appointed Vincent Schiraldi as the new commissioner for the city’s Department of Correction, the Daily News has learned. [...]

Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he is appointing Columbia Justice Lab Co-Director Vincent Schiraldi Commissioner of the city’s Department of Correction. Schiraldi will be taking an eight-month leave from his duties at Columbia University and will serve as commissioner for the remainder of de Blasio’s term.

Read the full press statement HERE.

As the idea of mass incarceration becomes increasingly less popular, some have pointed to alternatives like diversion programs and electric monitoring.

Building upon a groundswell of voices for change, jurisdictions across the U.S. are seeking new models for the treatment and care of emerging adults (ages 18 - 25) in the criminal justice system.

Three years ago, a national study of probation and parole called out Pennsylvania as a stark outlier. The Columbia University Justice Lab found that Pennsylvania was the third-most supervised state in the country. And Philadelphia, where one in 22 adults was under supervision, was the nation’s most supervised big city.

Too many people get sent behind bars for trivial parole offenses — and too many are being released directly to our city’s homeless shelters without jobs, housing or other resources needed to build a new life and stay out of trouble.

The pandemic has undeniably exposed the glaring racial and economic disparities that exist within the U.S. Over the past year, low-income people and people of color have faced a perfect storm: disproportionately enduring the impacts of a global pandemic while continuing to endure the disparate treatment within the justice system and high rates of supervision by probation and parole agencies. Now, more than ever, ensuring health access and food security is essential to promoting the success and wellbeing of people trying to fulfill probation and parole requirements along with their own basic needs. But these efforts shouldn’t stop when the pandemic ends.

Reuben Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, will discuss his new and acclaimed book Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration on Thursday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. ET with The Reverend Vivian Nixon in a conversation moderated by Bruce Western. 

Numerous studies have shown how Black Americans have been negatively impacted by the criminal justice system. Bruce Western, a professor at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Justice Lab, explains how the prison system has created second class citizenship.

As members of the Justice Lab at Columbia University, we stand in solidarity with the over 3,000 graduate students who are members of the Graduate Workers of Columbia University (GWC-UAW Local 2110).

One year ago, as the COVID-19 outbreak hit our nation, many probation and parole officials throughout the country sought to limit the impact of the coronavirus. The pandemic spawned several emergency measures and innovations within probation and parole systems to mitigate the suffering — from transforming vacant hotels into homes that facilitated the release of people jailed for parole violations to terminating fees for probation and unpaid tickets that too often land people behind bars. 

Written testimony of Lael Chester and Vincent Schiraldi regarding H.B. 111/133, on legislation to gradually raise the upper age of juvenile jurisdiction for misdemeanor cases