The MessageMemo is organized as follows. First, we Chart the Landscape by describing how dominant patterns of thinking create challenges and opportunities for those communicating about criminal justice reform. With a detailed map of what communicators are up against, we then outline a Redirection Strategy – an integrated set of framing recommendations that have emerged from our research. This strategy includes what experts and advocates should and should not do in their communications materials. The research shows that these strategies can shift and expand public thinking and yield new and more productive public conversations around criminal justice reform.
Keep the ideas behind ‘defund the police,’ but forget the slogan
Police are essential to maintaining a civil and orderly democratic society but the system as a whole is — and historically has been — rife with racism and corruption. It urgently needs a...
Researchers Say Metaphors Can Help Public Better Understand Juvenile Justice
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports on FrameWorks research to help the public see the criminal justice system not as broken and unfixable but instead as in need of improvement.
Have Americans Lost Interest in Real Police Reform?
It’s been five years since an unarmed Michael Brown was shot by police on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., triggering a wave of protests and nationwide efforts—including a federal task force—to...