The work of the Max S. Baucus Institute is an extension of the important bipartisan, consensus-building public service Ambassador Baucus exemplified during his long and distinguished career. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West, the Baucus Institute is where policy makers, lawyers, politicians, leading academics, and law students interact on a global scale.
Current criminal justice reform initiatives in the U.S. focus primarily on urban jurisdictions; rarely do they include or mention rural and indigenous populations. The Rural Justice Initiative (RJI) will focus on this largely-overlooked aspect of criminal justice reform. RJI will continue to offer the Interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) graduate seminar. In addition, RJI will offer interdisciplinary research and technical support to local, State and Tribal stakeholders engaged in evidence-based criminal justice policy and legislative reform.