Council of State Governments

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Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments (CSG) is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. CSG's national headquarters is in Lexington, Kentucky.


The Council of State Governments Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan, research-driven strategies and tools to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

The CSG Justice Center comprises approximately 120 employees based in offices that span three time zones. Our professional backgrounds vary extensively, with decades of experience in law enforcement, community corrections, court administration, housing, mental health and addiction services, state prisons, local jails, juvenile justice, education, workforce development and victim advocacy. Staff here have served governors, state legislators and members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum. What bonds us together is a shared commitment to our mission, to a common set of values, and to the national, bipartisan Board of Directors that guides our work.

Our in-depth data analyses, coupled with extensive interviews of people on the front lines of criminal justice, inform recommendations designed for a particular state or county seeking to improve its justice system. Original, groundbreaking research we conduct prompts new national initiatives. The on-the-ground training and assistance we provide helps local and state agencies translate the latest research into policy and practice. Our national and state-level convenings bring together colleagues from across the country to share their successes and challenges with the most pressing and complex issues facing the justice system today. And, briefings we provide to top officials in Congress and the federal government result in legislation that enjoys broad, bipartisan support.


The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) support probation and parole professionals in the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. The APPA has been a partner with BJA and PSN since 2004 and has provided training to over 2,000 community corrections officers from more than 60 federal districts.

APPA is an international association composed of members from the United States, Canada, and other countries actively involved with pretrial, probation, parole, and community-based corrections, in both criminal and juvenile justice arenas. All levels of government including federal, state/ provincial, local, and tribal agencies are counted among its constituents. By taking the initiative, APPA has grown to become the voice for thousands of pretrial, probation, and parole practitioners and providers of services including line staff, supervisors, and administrators from both the public and private sectors. Educators, volunteers, victim service providers, concerned citizens, and others with an interest in criminal and juvenile justice are also among APPA members.

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • Preparing for Home: Reentry in American Indian Nations and Alaska Native Villages
  • Building Community Corrections Capacity
  • NRRC 2018
  • FY 2018 State-Based Capacity Building Program
  • JMHCP Training and Technical Assistance FY18
  • Training and Technical Assistance and Web-based Resources to Enhance Tribal Court Systems
  • Support the Project Safe Neighborhood Training and Technical Assistance Project
  • FY 17 Justice Reinvestment Initiative State-Level Technical Assistance (Supplement)
  • Justice Reinvestment: Intensive Technical Assistance to States
  • TTA for Tribal Civil & Criminal Legal Assistance
  • Building Tribal Capacity
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CSG National Headquarters
2760 Research Park Drive
Lexington, KY 40511
United States
Phone: (859) 244-8000
Fax: (859) 244-8001
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CSG Justice Center National Headquarters
22 Cortlandt St 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 482-2320
APPA Headquarters
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578-1910
Phone: (859) 244-8203
Fax: (859) 244-8001
CSG Justice Center - Washington, DC
444 N. Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624-8593
CSG Justice Center - Austin
1305 San Antonio Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (212) 482-2320
CSG Justice Center - Seattle
1325 4th Ave Suite 1215
Seattle, WA 98101-2531
Phone: (206) 454-8293