Results of our Reddit AMA

We were thrilled to join our friends at r/legaladvice for a recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) session. The legaladvice subreddit usually takes questions about specific legal issues and crowdsources answers. Our entire research team joined the Reddit community for three hours of questions and answers about the Lab’s work and the issues we grapple with Read more about Results of our Reddit AMA[…]

The A2J Lab Seeks Study Site for NIJ Reentry Grant Opportunity

Who’s got a cool reentry project or program out there? Want to collaborate with the A2J Lab to apply for funding and study the effectiveness of your program? The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluations Read more about The A2J Lab Seeks Study Site for NIJ Reentry Grant Opportunity[…]

Is the Prosecutorial Black Box Finally Opening?

It’s not every day the headlines announce government officials releasing mounds of data about their own operations. Actually, the frequency verges on the unprecedented. Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx’s decision to release information on years’ worth of her office’s decision-making is, in that light, astounding. Legal scholars have lamented the existence of so-called “black Read more about Is the Prosecutorial Black Box Finally Opening?[…]

Guest Post: You Be the Judge – Part II

Ed. note: This post is the second in a series that began with Judge Schlegel’s contribution to the ABA Center for Innovation’s blog. You can read that post here. Can an additional $750 a year be used to reimagine the criminal justice system, improve the practice of law, and positively impact lives? You be the Judge. Read more about Guest Post: You Be the Judge – Part II[…]

Chris Griffin featured on KPCC’s Air Talk

Earlier this week, A2J Lab Research Director Chris Griffin joined L.A. NPR affiliate KPCC for their Air Talk program. Listen to the audio online to learn more about pretrial risk assessment scores and the Lab’s work evaluating the Public Safety Assessment. The thirteen-minute segment is a great window into the wider conversation about the use Read more about Chris Griffin featured on KPCC’s Air Talk[…]

Spotlight: Drug Courts

According to the National Institute of Justice, there are more than 3,000 drug courts across the United States.[1] As designed, these courts aim to rehabilitate drug-addicted offenders, reduce recidivism, and potentially reduce costs to the system through lower incarceration rates. Yet only a handful of studies have implemented a randomization design to rigorously evaluate the Read more about Spotlight: Drug Courts[…]

Guest Post: Another RCT Tackling Failure to Appear, Part II

Today’s guest post comes from two Harvard Ph.D. students in Public Policy and Economics, respectively, Helen Ho and Natalia Emanuel. Helen and Natalia are affiliates of the Lab and have been working on their own randomized control trial (“RCT”) focused on failures to appear (“FTAs”) for arraignments. This post is the second in a series Read more about Guest Post: Another RCT Tackling Failure to Appear, Part II[…]

Guest Post: Evaluating Make It Right

Today’s guest post is authored by Katy Weinstein Miller, Chief of Programs & Initiatives at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 2013, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón launched a new approach to handling juvenile delinquency.  Rather than prosecute young people accused of certain felony offenses, the office began offering them the opportunity to Read more about Guest Post: Evaluating Make It Right[…]