Working toward a world where all justice is community justice

We help practitioners, policymakers, and communities reimagine a justice system that works for all.

Our Approach

We work with local leaders, sharing our expertise to solve problems

Reimagining justice solutions

We bring innovative, creative, and effective solutions to reduce the use of incarceration.

Advancing system change

We help systems make transformative, systemic change to advance more effective, equitable justice.

Addressing unique needs

We help partners make systems more humane and respond to the distinct needs of unique populations.

Strengthening community well-being

We work with stakeholders to promote successful outcomes for people who are impacted by the criminal legal system and their communities.


CEPP’s Racial Equity and...

CEPP recognizes that racial inequity and disparity persist at every phase of the criminal legal system, with devastating effects on BIPOC communities....

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New Resource: Gender Justice ...

Gender Justice Pretrial Toolkit: A Model of Participatory Pretrial Justice for Women and Gender-Diverse People
The pretrial process rarely provides an...

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Community Supervision Resource...

The Community Supervision Resource Center (CSRC) serves as a centralized hub for pretrial, probation, and parole supervision agencies around the count...

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Building Pretrial Support for ...

With support from Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, CEPP will examine the needs of women who are detained in jail pretrial or placed on pr...

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National Resource Center on Ju...

CEPP established and has led the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women (NRCJIW) for more than a decade, with original funding from the Bu...

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Pretrial’s Money Problem

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to fair, equitable, & effective pretrial justice is, in a word, money.

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Glossary of Racial Equity and ...

Most common racial equity and community engagement terms

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Helping justice systems serve communities more effectively since 1981

About Us

“We partnered with CEPP to reform our criminal justice system. In my 45 years in the legal system, locally and nationally, I am unaware of any other agency that has done as much as CEPP to improve what justice looks like in America.”

— Jeffrey Kremers, Chief Judge (ret.), Milwaukee County, WI

“CEPP partnered with us to redesign our pretrial program. They provided invaluable support as issues arose and did so with professionalism and an understanding of our unique challenges. I don't see how we could have successfully redesigned our pretrial program without CEPP.”

— Hector Gonzalez, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, Tuolumne County

“CEPP has provided excellent information, training, and support to the Kentucky Parole Board. Our partnership has aided our Board in developing evidence-based policies and strategies. CEPP has been a very important resource for our Board as we work to maintain high standards for parole decision-making.”

— Lelia (Lee) A. VanHoose, Chair, Kentucky Parole Board

“We at the Burns Institute are proud to partner with CEPP to build a racial equity agenda that centers community in the process.”

— Tshaka Barrows, Executive Team Member, W. Haywood Burns Institute