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[…]

Previewing and Reviewing Pretrial Risk Assessment RCTs

On Tuesday, Jan. 16 pretrial staff in Polk County, Iowa entered their offices with a slightly different charge. They had been accustomed to perusing a list of arrestees scheduled for first appearance and searching for individuals who qualified for an interview and pre-disposition release. That morning, some staff members continued this time- and resource-intensive practice. Read more about Previewing and Reviewing Pretrial Risk Assessment RCTs[…]

The Evaluation Feedback Project Has Launched

Discussions about the use of performance standards and metrics to measure the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of legal services have become common in the access to justice community. Increasingly, legal services programs are being asked to use data to communicate about their effectiveness to funders, community stakeholders, and policy makers. And, more importantly, by grounding Read more about The Evaluation Feedback Project Has Launched[…]