Tag Archives: criminal justice system

Making Room for Justice

As debates continue over strategies for reforming the U.S. criminal justice system, experts across the public sector, academia and business convened for the 11th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This year’s symposium took place on February 25th-26th and hosted prestigious journalism fellows who explored the […]

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The GovLab Index: Crime and Criminal Justice Data

Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. Previous installments of the Index include Prizes and Challenges, Measuring Impact with Evidence, The Data Universe, Participation and Civic Engagement and Trust in Institutions. “The GovLab Index: Crime and Criminal Data” provides information about the type of crime and criminal […]

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The Dangers of Evidence-Based Sentencing

At the GovLab we are big proponents of evidence-based decision making. However, if the evidence is insufficient, or if it is applied incorrectly, these decisions can have very harming effects. In the US, African Americans represent 13% of the population yet represent 37% of the prison population. Sixty percent (60%) of black male high school dropouts […]

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