Criminal Justice

Future Caucus legislators create bipartisan coalitions to advance innovative policy reforms on key criminal justice issues.

Innovation Agenda

The United States holds about 2 million people in federal and state prisons, local jails, juvenile facilities, and other commitment centers, a mix of disconnected federal, state, and local systems. The rate of imprisonment has more than quadrupled over the last four decades and those incarcerated are disproportionately people of color. Young lawmakers are building coalitions and creating broad based momentum around reforming and improving our criminal justice system. These include efforts  to lessen the burden on communities, boost legitimacy of the system in the eyes of citizens, and materially improve the prospects of offenders to end a cycle of distrust and demoralization.

2023 Criminal Justice Reform Advisory Council

The 2023 advisory council advanced a national conversation on the criminal justice system and engaged lawmakers in peer-to-peer dialogues and expert-informed discussions. Participation does not imply support of all approaches.


Rep. Daniel Pae (R-OK)

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Rep. Jamie Scott (D-AR)

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Anatomy of a BillColorado

Colorado’s Criminal Justice Reform Bill Expands Rehabilitation Opportunities Through higher Education

March 21, 2024

Colorado’s Criminal Justice Reform Bill Expands Rehabilitation Opportunities Through <span class="dewidow">Higher Education</span>
Anatomy of a BillArkansas

Crown Act: New Civil Rights Protections in Arkansas

November 4, 2023

CROWN Act: New Civil Rights Protections <span class="dewidow">in Arkansas</span>
Anatomy of a BillOklahoma

How Rep. Daniel Pae And Sen. Carri Hicks Defied Political Gridlock With A Needles Exchange Program in Oklahoma

May 19, 2023

How Rep. Daniel Pae and Sen. Carri Hicks Defied Political Gridlock with a Needles Exchange Program <span class="dewidow">in Oklahoma</span>

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1Sawyer, W., & Wagner, P. (2023, March 14). Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2023. Prison Policy Initiative. Retrieved June 14, 2023, from

2Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Bureau of Justice Assistance.

 3(n.d.). Why Prison Education? Prison Education Project.

Rep. Sara Jacobs


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