About the Justice Center

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. Staff provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.


The Justice Center evolved from the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference justice program to a national center in 2006, and serves all states to promote effective data-driven practices—particularly in areas in which the criminal justice system intersects with other disciplines, such as public health—to provide practical solutions to public safety and cross-systems problems. The Justice Center builds on the solid foundation of work related to reentry, responses to justice-people with mental illnesses who are involved with the criminal justice system, and justice reinvestment—a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods. 



The Justice Center’s Board of Directors includes state legislative leaders, judges, corrections administrators, juvenile justice agency directors, and law enforcement professionals, who together represent a cross-section of the senior-level state officials who shape criminal justice policy across the country.

Office Locations

AUSTIN
1305 San Antonio Street
Austin, TX 78701
Tel: 512-482-8132

BETHESDA
4630 Montgomery Avenue
Suite #650
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: 301-760-2401

NEW YORK
100 Wall Street
20th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Tel: 212-482-2320

SEATTLE
216 First Avenue S, Suite #453 
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206-454-8298

WASHINGTON DC
444 N. Capitol Street NW 
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-624-8593