We provide technical assistance to state and local governments interested in using a data-driven approach to design, enact, and implement system-level reforms.

The goals of these reforms are:

  • Improving public safety by reducing recidivism,
  • Using criminal justice resources more effectively, and
  • Achieving better rehabilitation outcomes

Our Adult Criminal Justice Reform work includes:

  • Data analysis to identify drivers of the correctional populations
  • System assessment to better understand how the system operates and identify opportunities for improving efficiency and effectiveness
  • Presentations on research and evidence-based practices to provide system stakeholders with a foundational understanding of how to successfully reduce recidivism
  • Policy options to support the development of policies grounded in data and research
  • Population projections to identify the impact of specific policies on the state’s prison and community supervision populations
  • Legislative & regulatory support to help states develop legislation required for statutory changes as well as necessary agency regulation/policy changes to implement policy reforms
  • Implementation technical assistance to help agencies effectively implement new criminal justice policies
  • Training and education on evidence-based practices for system stakeholders, including numerous trainings targeted toward correctional staff
  • Performance measurement support to help document and measure the success of different policies, and their effect on reducing recidivism

We have worked with more than a dozen states and numerous counties, many in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Department of Justice and the Pew Charitable Trusts as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI).

Examples of our work in this area include:

State Level

We have partnered with Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) since 2009 to help states advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. Our team has had a significant role in the adoption of comprehensive reforms in the adult criminal justice system in numerous states, including Kentucky, Georgia, South Dakota, Utah, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Alaska. The reforms in each state have all included significant changes to criminal sentencing policy.

Following passage of legislation, we provide several years of implementation technical assistance, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Our current implementation sites include Mississippi, Utah, Alaska and Maryland.

Local Level

From 2010 to 2016, we worked with the Bureau of Justice Assistance to provide JRI Phase 1 technical assistance to localities seeking to identify concrete ways to improve their criminal justice systems through agency policy changes.

We worked on JRI in the following sites:

  • Alachua County, Florida
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Johnson County, Kansas
  • Lane County, Oregon
  • New York, New York
  • Santa Cruz County, California
  • The City and County of San Francisco, California
  • Yolo County, California

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