Current Work

Since 1993, JMI has conducted over 300 projects improving the administration of justice. Funding has come from a variety of sources including the federal government, state administrative offices of courts, counties, cities, individual trial courts, and foundations.

Project activities are focused on four main areas:

  1. research and program evaluation;
  2. education and training;
  3. technical assistance; and
  4. network coordination.

 

While we have a rich history focusing on court operations, our recent work has increasingly recognized that courts are part of a larger justice system with highly interrelated components and shared discretion. JMI is known for innovative approaches and solutions and for advancing knowledge in the administration of justice regarding "doing the right thing," what works, and how "to do things right."

Each project that JMI undertakes is conducted by a team of our professional staff, supplemented as needed by expert consultants who are also experienced practitioners in the field.

 

Our recent work includes:

  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Network, in partnership with the National Association of Counties and the Pretrial Justice Institute, designed for the staff and leadership of local criminal justice coordinating councils to exchange ideas and promising practices for handling systemic issues in criminal justice
  • Evidence-based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems, a partnership between JMI, the Center for Effective Public Policy, the Carey Group, and the Pretrial Justice Institute to develop and implement a framework for implementing evidence-based decision making at the system, agency, and case levels in local criminal justice systems
  • Research-Based Smarter Sentencing Training and Technical Assistance for local teams of prosecutors, judges, defense counsel, and community corrections officials to incorporate state-of-the-art research about what works in reducing recidivism into local sentencing practices
  • A Networking Approach to Improving Urban and Rural Courts, which offer peer-to-peer learning exchanges through the Urban Court Managers Network for addressing large urban court issues and through the Rural Court Improvement Network, which focuses on the issues that smaller, rural-based courts face


Please review examples of our past work to get a better idea of breadth and depth of our commitment and experience with improving the administration of justice by using the best evidence and analytic tools.