Focuses on issues surrounding incarceration and parole, including prison reform, privatization of prisons, reentry and after-care programs, community corrections, and prison services for females and other special populations.

Courts and Jails

The Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) provides support to local leaders from across the country as they rethink jails with strategies that safely reduce jail populations and eliminate ineffective, inefficient, and unfair practices.

Criminal Procedure

Explores issues regarding pretrial criminal rules that ensure due process and equal protection, criminal arraignment, bail, pretrial release, preliminary hearings, plea bargaining, criminal trials, and criminal discovery.


Discusses issues related to sentencing, such as disparity (racial/ethnic, gender, age), judicial discretion, and the impact of sentencing policies on facilities and personnel resources, and includes information on sentencing commissions, guidelines, and reforms.