“With evictions looming across America due to COVID-19-spurred joblessness, the growing crisis of homelessness is putting more pressure on the criminal justice system.”
There are concerns about plea bargaining’s role in fueling mass incarceration. The Vera Institute of Justice, with support from the Safety and Justice Challenge, examined the small but growing body of empirical studies that has developed around plea bargaining.
On any given night in the United States, more than 550,000 people are experiencing homelessness. Among these, 96,000 are chronically homeless, meaning they are facing long and repeated episodes of homelessness that make it increasingly difficult to return to housing. The time has come for local justice systems to take immediate action to halt the cycle of homelessness and jail incarceration.
The success of AI technology is likely to inspire an increase in the availability of AI-based pre-trial risk assessment instruments in the coming years. This critical issue brief equips practitioners considering adopting an AI-based pre-trial risk assessment tool to consider relevant questions.
The Overuse of Jails Hurts Our Communities
The primary purpose of jails is to detain those awaiting trial who are a danger to public safety or a flight risk. Jailing someone who is neither results in huge costs for families and communities—particularly communities of color—including lost income, parents separated from their children, untreated mental health and substance abuse problems, a greater risk of re-offending, and wasted taxpayer dollars.
A total of 191 applications were submitted to the Challenge from jurisdictions spanning 45 states. Meet the 51 that were selected to participate in the Challenge Network.
We all recognize that the criminal justice system cannot be reformed without marked progress in the field of prosecution. We also recognize that prosecutors need to be equipped with data and analytics to understand their impact on the communities they