CRIMINAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
JCPA’s Criminal Justice Initiative engages Jewish communities around the country in reforming the criminal justice system and ending mass incarceration in partnership with communities most directly affected.
The inequities people of color suffer at the hands of the justice system constitute one of the most pressing civil rights crises the United States faces today. Since the 1990’s the U.S. prison population exploded, a phenomenon referred to as mass incarceration. Today, we incarcerate roughly 25% of the world’s prisoners despite representing just 4% of the world’s population.
Rooted in the belief that justice must be tempered by compassion, JCPA advocates to end the injustice of mass incarceration and mass criminalization.
Federal Criminal Justice Reform
JCPA is active in national policy setting on criminal justice reform, advocating on Capitol Hill, and partnering closely with civil rights and interfaith coalitions.
Grassroots Jewish Mobilization
Across the U.S. JCPA is empowering Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs) at the state and local level to work on Criminal Justice Reform in coalition-building with diverse partners.
National Network of Jewish Criminal Justice Experts
JCPA leads a national network of 60+ Jewish experts working in the criminal justice space at the federal, state, and local levels around the country.
To see highlights of JCPA’s work since the murder of George Floyd click here.
Highlights of JCPA's Work
JCPA Advocates for Reform in Policing and Public Safety
JCPA Held a Delegates Assembly Educational Session on Policing and Public in July 2020: Approximately 200 people from 70 communities around the country attended the meeting meant to ensure a baseline of knowledge among lay and professional community relations leaders.
Ending Systemic Racism in Policing
JCPA Submits Testimony to House Judiciary Hearing on Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability: Click here to read testimony.
Learn About the 8 Priority Principles JCPA Endorsed for any Federal Legislative Package on Policing Reform: Click here to read.
JCPA’s Prioritizes Criminal Justice Reform During COVID-19 Pandemic
JCPA Special Delegate Assembly Session on COVID-19 program on Criminal Justice Reform – Click here to view.
JCPA Passes Resolution on Resolution on Criminal Justice Reform During A Public Health Crisis Adopted by the Delegates Assembly, 2020 – Click here to read resolution.
Addressing the COVID-19 Emergency in Prisons and Jails – JCPA urges Jews around the nation to advocate with their federal and state officials to urgently address the growing COVID-19 emergency in prisons and jails. With every hour of inaction, the human tragedy mounts. Join us in urging elected officials to protect this at-risk population by clicking here.
JCPA Advocates for Emergency Response to COVID-19 in Prisons and Jails – JCPA cosponsored a virtual town hall on May 7 in partnership with the Ending Mass Incarceration (EMI) national strategy team, Ebenezer Church, and the Auburn Seminary. Click here to watch the program.
Webinar Series During COVID-19
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JCPA Helps Launches Coalitions in NY and Atlanta
JCPA Co-Sponsors Ending Mass Incarceration Let My People Go: Ending Mass Incarceration conference in Atlanta launching a multifaith response to mass incarceration, July 2019.
Click here for the recap.
JCPA's Criminal Justice Toolkit
In Your Backyard: A Toolkit for addressing criminal justice at the local level: This Toolkit provides guidance to those interested in jumpstarting their criminal justice advocacy work.
- Learn about Criminal Justice Reform
- Map out your local criminal justice landscape
- .Join coalitions and engage in legislative advocacy
- Strengthen partnerships with communities of color
- Launch direct service project
Click here to download the Toolkit.