The Whole of Life
Expanding Medicaid Benefits for Maternal Health
2023 Hatfield Prize
Students & Scholars
Advocates & Policy Makers
Leaders of Faith-Based Organizations & Houses of Worship
What Makes the Center for Public Justice Different?
CPJ is a nonpartisan Christian organization engaged in public policy development and civic education. Our mission is to serve God by equipping citizens, developing leaders, and shaping policy to advance justice for the transformation of public life.
What is Public Justice?
Why does public justice matter?
Christian & Democratic
Serving God by equipping citizens, developing leaders, and shaping policy to advance justice for the transformation of public life.
Our mission is threefold:
Equip Citizens: Through our publications, speeches, and programs, the Center for Public Justice inspires citizens with a Christian perspective and equips them with tools for civic responsibility.
Develop Leaders: Through our leadership development program, the Center for Public Justice encourages citizens with talents for public service, nurtures public officials, and honors model public servants.
Shape Policy: To help shape policy, the Center for Public Justice conducts research, crafts proposals, and advocates reforms. Staff members advise public officials, submit briefs in court cases, and educate the public about new policies.
Student or Scholar
Leader of a Faith-Based Organization or House of Worship
Advocate or Policy Maker
What We Do
Young adults, particularly those aged 18 to 25, face unique challenges within the criminal justice system, often overlooked in policymaking due to their age. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Thrive by 25” initiative aims to change that by focusing on strengthening communities for children and youth transitioning into adulthood.
In a nation grappling with the consequences of the decades-old “war on drugs,” a startling reality emerges: youth with substance use disorders (SUDs) are caught in a cycle of addiction, crime, and incarceration. The justice system, ill-equipped for rehabilitation, perpetuates this cycle, with SUD sufferers four times more likely to reoffend upon release.
What this cautionary tale of separate and unequal education ought to teach us is that without careful forethought and attention, parents and schools can knowingly (or unknowingly) foment education inequities. However, when carefully crafted public policy includes a call for a pluralistic education system that is grounded in the diversity found within the American public, and also importantly, in freedom of conscience, school choice policies can provide better education options for every child.