About CJPF

Founded in 1989, CJPF is one of the oldest drug policy reform organizations in the United States. CJPF's mission is to educate the public about the impact of drug policy on the criminal justice system. We provide information and strategic advice to policymakers, criminal justice organizations, interest groups and the public through direct consultation, conferences, publications, the news media and blogs. We also assist drug policy reform organizations with advice on coalitions, legal organization, management, outreach, research, and media relations.

Recently, CJPF has focused on expanding the coalition of organizations advocating the end of drug prohibition. We are approaching environmental organizations, business groups and other stakeholders to explain how the War on Drugs harms their interests and how drug policy reform would mitigate those harms.

Eric E. Sterling has been the Executive Director of CJPF since 1989. Mr. Sterling was Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary from 1979 until 1989. On the staff of the Subcommittee on Crime, (Rep. William J. Hughes (D-NJ), Chairman), he was responsible for drug enforcement, gun control, money laundering, organized crime, pornography, terrorism, corrections, and military assistance to law enforcement. Mr. Sterling frequently lectures at colleges, universities, and professional societies throughout the nation and is regularly interviewed by the national news media.


Robert C. Linnell, a Boston businessman and philanthropist, was alarmed by the grave threat of corruption to the American criminal justice system. Linnell saw this corruption as endemic to drug enforcement and, in 1988, inspired to establish the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation in an effort to address these threats. Linnell believed that a criminal justice system that is honest, fair and effective is one of America's most important institutions. He believed that America's national life depends upon our safety and liberty, which in turn depend upon the integrity and effectiveness of our justice system.

CJPF is a private, non-profit organization. It is a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.