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Advocacy, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Racial & Social Justice, Research
Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute based in the United States. Its mission is to reform and revitalize the countrys systems of democracy and justice. The center focuses on a range of issues, including voting rights, criminal justice reform, and fair courts. It conducts research, advocates for policy changes, and provides legal expertise to promote more equitable and effective systems. The Brennan Center is committed to advancing the principles of democracy and justice and ensuring that they are accessible to all individuals, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Its website provides a wealth of resources and information on its focus areas and how individuals can get involved in advocacy efforts.

Corrections, Detention & Corrections, Law Enforcement, Laws & Legislation, Reporting
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is a state agency responsible for the incarceration, supervision, and rehabilitation of adult and juvenile offenders in California. The CDCRs mission is to protect the public by ensuring the safe and secure incarceration of individuals sentenced to state prison, and to provide rehabilitative services to support successful reentry into society. The agency operates 35 adult institutions, 3 juvenile institutions, and a range of community supervision and reentry programs. The CDCR is committed to promoting evidence-based practices and innovative approaches to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. The agency works closely with community partners, including local law enforcement agencies and service providers, to support successful reentry and community reintegration.

Advocacy, Association, Law Enforcement, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Prosecution - DA, Technical Assistance
California District Attorneys Association (CDAA)

The California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) is a professional organization that represents the states 58 elected district attorneys and over 1,000 deputy district attorneys. Its mission is to improve public safety by promoting the exchange of information, ideas, and innovations between prosecutors, law enforcement, and other criminal justice professionals. The CDAA provides a variety of resources and training to help its members stay up to date on the latest developments in criminal law and best practices in prosecution. It also advocates for policies and legislation that support the interests of prosecutors and victims of crime in California.

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Association, Governance, Law Enforcement, Laws & Legislation, Police, Standards
California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA)

The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) is a professional organization that represents police chiefs and top law enforcement officials across the state. The associations mission is to promote the highest professional and ethical standards among its members, and to support policies and programs that improve public safety and enhance the quality of life in Californias communities. The CPCA provides its members with access to training and education programs, networking opportunities, and resources to support effective law enforcement practices. The association also works closely with other law enforcement organizations, government agencies, and community groups to advance best practices in policing and to promote collaboration and innovation in the field.

Association, Criminal Legal, Defense - Public Defender, Laws & Legislation, Research
California Public Defenders Association (CPDA)

The California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) is a professional organization that serves the needs of public defenders and other criminal defense practitioners throughout the state. The CPDA provides training and resources to support the effective representation of indigent clients, as well as advocacy and support for policies and practices that promote equal justice and fairness in the criminal justice system. The association also provides a range of legal services, including assistance with case law research, brief writing, and trial consulting, to help public defenders and other criminal defense lawyers better serve their clients. The CPDA is committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards in the practice of criminal defense law.

Association, Criminal Legal, Law Enforcement, Laws & Legislation, Public Safety, Sheriff, Technical Assistance
California State Sheriffs Association (CSSA)

The California State Sheriffs Association (CSSA) is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of the states 58 elected county sheriffs and their departments. The CSSA provides leadership, training, and advocacy for its members, and supports policies and programs that promote public safety and effective law enforcement. Through collaboration and partnership with other law enforcement agencies, government entities, and community organizations, the CSSA strives to advance the interests of Californias sheriffs departments and the communities they serve. The association also provides a range of services and resources to support its members, including professional development opportunities, technical assistance, and legislative advocacy.

Collaborations, Consulting, Data Exchange & Reporting, Education & Training, Initiatives & Models, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Research, Technical Assistance
Council of State Governments (CSG)

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in the United States that serves all three branches of government at the state and local levels. CSG provides research, technical assistance, and training on a range of issues, including public safety, justice reinvestment, education, and workforce development. It operates various initiatives and programs, such as the Justice Center, which focuses on criminal justice issues, including reentry, mental health, and substance use disorders. The organizations mission is to promote “excellence in state governance” and strengthen the relationship between the states and the federal government.

Advocacy, Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI), Corrections, Data Exchange & Reporting, Laws & Legislation, Membership, Policy, Research
Council on Criminal Justice

The Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) is a nonpartisan, independent membership organization dedicated to informing criminal justice policy decisions with reliable research and data. The organization brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to address the most pressing issues facing the criminal justice system in the United States. CCJ focuses on a broad range of topics, including policing, corrections, juvenile justice, reentry, and technology. The organization conducts original research, analyzes data, and convenes experts and stakeholders to facilitate discussions and provide insights to policymakers. CCJ aims to promote informed decision-making and collaboration across the criminal justice system.

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Advocacy, Advocacy Bodies, Laws & Legislation, Policy
Crime Victims United of California

Crime Victims United of California is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the legal rights and support for crime victims and their families in California. The organization was founded in 1983 and advocates for policies and legislation to improve victim rights in the state. They also provide support to victims of crime, including access to counseling services and legal advice. Crime Victims United of California works closely with law enforcement agencies, lawmakers, and other organizations to promote a fair and just criminal justice system that prioritizes the rights and needs of victims of crime.

Advocacy, Financial Costs v Savings, Fines and Fees, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Research, Standards, Technical Assistance
Fines and Fees Justice Center

The Fines and Fees Justice Center is a national organization focused on eliminating the harmful impact of fines and fees on low-income communities and people of color. The organization engages in advocacy and policy work to promote more equitable, effective, and humane justice system practices. The center provides resources and support to organizations and individuals fighting for justice system reform, including research and policy analysis, strategic planning, and technical assistance. They also provide training and support to impacted individuals to help them navigate the justice system and advocate for themselves and their communities. The ultimate goal of the Fines and Fees Justice Center is to create a more fair and just justice system for all.

Advocacy, Education & Training, Financial Costs v Savings, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Research, Training, University
Harvard Law School

The Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School is dedicated to advancing reform of the criminal legal system. As part of this mission, they have created the 50-State Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder, a resource designed to help policymakers and advocates understand and reform criminal justice debt policies across the United States. The online tool provides an interactive map and state-by-state summaries of criminal justice debt laws and policies, including fees, fines, restitution, and other financial obligations imposed on individuals involved in the criminal legal system. The resource aims to support data-driven policy reforms and advocacy efforts to reduce the harms caused by criminal justice debt.

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Association, Law Enforcement, Laws & Legislation, Police, Research, Standards
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a professional organization for law enforcement leaders from around the world. Founded in 1893, the IACP is dedicated to advancing the law enforcement profession through advocacy, research, outreach, and education. With more than 30,000 members in over 160 countries, the IACP is committed to improving policing at all levels, including addressing critical issues such as community policing, officer safety and wellness, criminal investigations, technology, and diversity and inclusion. The organization offers a wide range of resources, training opportunities, and events to support its members and advance the policing profession.

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Advisory, Court, Engagement, Laws & Legislation, Policy
Judicial Council of California

The Judicial Council of California is the policymaking body of the California courts system. The council oversees the administration of the courts and establishes policies for the courts management and administration, as well as establishes standards of judicial administration. The council consists of 21 voting members, including the Chief Justice of California, other judicial officers, and lawyers appointed by the governor and legislative leaders. The council also has numerous advisory bodies, which include committees and task forces, that provide recommendations and advice on specific issues related to the court system, such as education, finance, technology, and access to justice.

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Association, Governance, Laws & Legislation, Legislation, Policy, Research
Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association (LAPPA)

The Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association (LAPPA) is a non-profit organization that provides independent analysis and research on public policy issues to inform the decision-making of policymakers and other stakeholders. LAPPAs mission is to advance evidence-based policymaking by providing objective and nonpartisan analysis of legislative proposals and other policy initiatives. The organizations research covers a wide range of policy areas, including health care, education, social welfare, and environmental policy. LAPPA also works to provide educational resources to the public on the policy-making process and the role of analysis and research in shaping public policy. Overall, LAPPA seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of public policy through rigorous and impartial analysis.

Financial Costs v Savings, Governance, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Research, Watchdog
Legislative Analysts Office (LAO)

The Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) is a nonpartisan organization that provides independent fiscal and policy analysis to the California State Legislature. The organizations primary role is to assist lawmakers in their decision-making process by providing objective and reliable information on the economic and fiscal implications of legislative proposals. The LAOs research covers a wide range of policy areas, including education, healthcare, transportation, and criminal justice. The organization also provides recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state programs and services. In addition to its research and analysis, the LAO also provides testimony to legislative committees and engages in public outreach to promote transparency and accountability in state government. Overall, the LAO plays a critical role in ensuring that Californias public policies are based on sound analysis and evidence.

Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI), Corrections, Diversion, Diversion Court, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Research, Technical Assistance
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a bipartisan organization that provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on a wide range of topics, including civil and criminal justice. NCSL�s Civil and Criminal Justice program aims to promote effective and efficient state policies in areas such as juvenile justice, sentencing and corrections, and victims� rights. One of their key focus areas is diversion in the juvenile justice system, which seeks to prevent youth from entering the justice system by providing alternatives to detention or formal court proceedings. The NCSL provides a range of resources and information to help state lawmakers better understand diversion practices and their potential benefits.

Advocacy, Data Exchange & Reporting, Financial Costs v Savings, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Prison, Research
Prison Policy Initiative (PPI)

The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) is a non-profit organization that focuses on producing research and advocacy work aimed at reducing the harms of mass incarceration in the United States. The PPI California Profile is an online resource that provides detailed data and analysis of the California criminal justice system, including the states incarceration rates, demographics of the incarcerated population, and the economic and social impacts of incarceration in the state. The California Profile is part of a larger project by the PPI to create accessible and comprehensive data on mass incarceration in all 50 states, with the goal of promoting informed policy reform and public dialogue on this critical issue.

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Criminal Legal, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Prison, Reporting, Research
Prison Studies

Prison Studies is an online resource created by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck, University of London. The website provides information and data about prisons and the criminal justice system in countries around the world, including statistics on prison populations, conditions, and policies. The goal of Prison Studies is to promote informed discussion and policy reform on issues related to mass incarceration and criminal justice by providing reliable, comparative data and analysis. The website offers a wealth of resources, including research reports, news updates, and interactive data visualizations, and is frequently used by journalists, academics, and policymakers.

Criminal Legal, Data Exchange & Reporting, Law Enforcement, Laws & Legislation, Media, Racial & Social Justice, Reporting, Watchdog
ProPublica | Criminal Justice

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit news organization that aims to expose abuses of power and bring about change through investigative journalism. Their Criminal Justice section focuses on issues related to crime, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system. ProPublica publishes in-depth investigative reports, data-driven analyses, and interactive tools that aim to inform and engage the public, and hold public officials and institutions accountable. Topics covered include police misconduct, sentencing disparities, mass incarceration, and more. The website also features a database of police disciplinary records, as well as a tool for tracking cases of police violence and misconduct.

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Governance, Law Enforcement, Laws & Legislation, Policy, Research
Public Policy Institute of California – Criminal Justice (PPIC)

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonpartisan think tank focused on addressing public policy issues affecting California. Their criminal justice program aims to provide research and analysis on issues related to crime, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system in California. They offer reports, fact sheets, and data tools that are available to the public. The PPIC aims to provide evidence-based research and policy recommendations that will help policymakers make informed decisions. The criminal justice program also seeks to promote public awareness and understanding of criminal justice issues by engaging with the media and participating in public events.

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