Although scholarship and litigation can improve public policy, the Center also undertakes targeted efforts to get policymakers to read and consider its research.

Members of the Center offer their expertise on a variety of public policy issues by commenting publicly, testifying at legislative hearings and meeting with concerned Members of Congress and of state legislatures on criminal justice proposals, and meeting with elected and appointed District Attorneys and Attorney Generals, appointed United States Attorneys and other DOJ executive personnel, and defender offices on criminal justice matters. The Center also comments on pending legislation that affects criminal justice and on legislative and policy priorities, both directly to policymakers and in op-ed pieces.