50-State Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder

The Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) at Harvard Law School recently released a Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder to bring transparency to the system of fees and fines in the criminal justice system. The Reform Builder provides easy access to state laws that govern fines and fees and possible policy solutions.  The tool allows users to review national criminal justice …

Aimee Wickman50-State Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder

Public Opinion Poll Findings on Jails

As the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) is entering its second year of supporting efforts to change the way America thinks about and uses jails, a new nationwide poll indicates the country understands the negative impact of the overuse and inappropriate uses of jails on individuals, families, the community, and the nation. The …

Aimee WickmanPublic Opinion Poll Findings on Jails

Client Choice Program in Comal County, Texas

In 2013, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) and the Comal County, Texas District and County criminal court took unprecedented steps to explore how the right to choose counsel might be extended to indigent defendants and what the impacts might be on defendants and the criminal justice system overall. Over the course of the next few years, the Client Choice …

Aimee WickmanClient Choice Program in Comal County, Texas

Richmond, California’s Early Representation Program

In January of this year, the Justice Management Institute began working with the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender to facilitate strategic planning and evaluate its Early Representation Program (EarlyRep) in Richmond, California. EarlyRep is a program designed to provide immediate representation for persons with misdemeanor offenses – before their cases are heard in court – in order …

Aimee WickmanRichmond, California’s Early Representation Program

New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Court

The Justice Management Institute, with funding from the State Justice Institute, is providing technical assistance to the City of New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Courts, to create case management policies and assignment and docketing procedures as an important step on the road to consolidation of the two courts, beginning in January 2017.  The project is expected to continue through Spring …

Aimee WickmanNew Orleans Municipal and Traffic Court

County Elected Officials Guide to Criminal Justice Decision Making

The Justice Management Institute is pleased to announce the release of the County Elected Officials Guide to Criminal Justice Decision Making. Our newest publication is directed at strengthening the public safety decision making role of county commissioners through a six step process that focuses on obtaining data, building collaborations and supporting reform strategies.  It was produced in collaboration with the …

Aimee WickmanCounty Elected Officials Guide to Criminal Justice Decision Making

Statewide Case Management Initiative Technical Assistance to the Maryland Judiciary

On April 20, 2016, the Maryland Judicial Council approved a Maryland Caseflow Management Guide for both the Circuit and District Courts statewide.  The guide includes case management plan templates for all major casetypes for each court to use as a baseline for the development or modification of existing plans.  The case management templates are for civil, criminal, family, and juvenile …

Aimee WickmanStatewide Case Management Initiative Technical Assistance to the Maryland Judiciary

Gordy Griller Receives 2016 Ernie E. Friesen Award

Each year, the Board of Directors of the Justice Management Institute awards the Ernest E. Friesen Award in recognition of an individual who has demonstrated vision, leadership, and sustained commitment to the achievement of excellence in the administration of justice.  The award is named for Ernie Friesen because he has epitomized a passion for justice combined with keen observation and …

Aimee WickmanGordy Griller Receives 2016 Ernie E. Friesen Award

JMI to Develop Case Management System for Public Defenders in West Bank

JMI is pleased to announce its selection by the International Legal Foundation (ILF), an international nongovernmental organization with recognized expertise in assisting post-conflict and transitional countries to provide quality, effective criminal defense services to poor and vulnerable accused persons, to evaluate a newly developed case management system for the public defenders in the West Bank.  JMI has more than two …

Aimee WickmanJMI to Develop Case Management System for Public Defenders in West Bank

JMI’s Leah Garabedian is one of “Five Voices on Reforming the Front End of Justice”

The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system, recently published a piece on justice reform at the point of entry.  Leah Garabedian, Senior Program Manager at JMI, was featured as one of five guest contributors to the special report.  Check out this article by clicking here or read the article in full below.   …

Aimee WickmanJMI’s Leah Garabedian is one of “Five Voices on Reforming the Front End of Justice”