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

Reducing the justice system’s use of incarceration requires innovative, creative, and effective solutions.

Advancing system change

Helping justice systems become more effective and equitable necessitates broad, transformative, systemic change.

Addressing unique needs

We strive to make justice systems more humane and to respond to the distinct needs of unique populations.

Strengthening community well-being

We work with our partners to promote successful outcomes for people who are justice-involved and for their communities.


Pretrial’s Money Problem

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

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Advancing Pretrial Policy and ...

APPR is an ambitious 5-year project to achieve fair, just, effective pretrial practices every day, nationwide. We demonstrate equitable improvements i...

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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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Glossary of Racial Equity and ...

Most common racial equity and community engagement terms

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JRI Maximizing State Reforms R...

Highlights of the JRI goals, activities, outcomes, and lessons learned from six states.

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Evidence Based Decision Making...

Foundational information on EBDM

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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