A2J Lab presents an interim report on the Public Safety Assessment–Decision Making Framework System RCT in Dane County, Wisconsin

Today, the A2J Lab presented the findings from the interim report of the randomized evaluation of the Public Safety Assessment–Decision Making Framework System (PSA-DMF), a pretrial risk assessment tool and related decision-making framework, in Dane County, Wisconsin. The full interim report is now available on the A2J Lab website. The presentation at the Dane County Read more about A2J Lab presents an interim report on the Public Safety Assessment–Decision Making Framework System RCT in Dane County, Wisconsin[…]

New study! Evaluating Counsel at First Appearance in Hays County, TX

Texas A&M University’s Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) and the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School (A2J Lab) are launching a randomized study of counsel at first appearance (CAFA) in Texas—the first study of its kind. At first appearance, magistrates decide whether a person will be released while awaiting trial or held in Read more about New study! Evaluating Counsel at First Appearance in Hays County, TX[…]

New study! Accessing SNAP benefits in Alaska

In partnership with Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), the A2J Lab has launched a randomized control trial to evaluate community advocates’ services in the context of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – aka Food Stamps) benefits arm of their programs. Low-income and elderly residents in Alaska are in need of access to these benefits. Read more about New study! Accessing SNAP benefits in Alaska[…]

Study of Eviction Diversion Begins in Miami

Harvard Law School Study of Eviction Diversion Begins in Miami Renters Seeking Repairs Can Get Legal Advice and Information to Avoid Eviction Miami, FL – Legal Services of Greater Miami is launching a first-in-the-nation study of an eviction diversion program, in partnership with Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab. The Tenants’ Equal Justice Clinic, Read more about Study of Eviction Diversion Begins in Miami[…]

Upcoming webinar with Jim Greiner: Credible Measurements of the Socioeconomic Costs of Incarceration

Professor Jim Greiner on Credible Measurements of the Socioeconomic Costs of Incarceration Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12-1 PM (EST) Join A2J Lab Faculty Director Jim Greiner for a webinar focusing on empirical research in criminal justice. The United States incarcerates a higher fraction of its population than any other country in the world. Recent trends, including the election of Read more about Upcoming webinar with Jim Greiner: Credible Measurements of the Socioeconomic Costs of Incarceration[…]

Guest Post: Rohan Pavuluri on Founding Upsolve

Today’s guest post is authored by Rohan Pavuluri, co-founder and CEO at Upsolve, a nonprofit that helps low-income families file bankruptcy for free using an online web app. The idea for Upsolve grew out of Pavuluri’s work as a research assistant at the Access to Justice Lab. The Access to Justice Lab does not endorse Read more about Guest Post: Rohan Pavuluri on Founding Upsolve[…]

Join A2J Lab Faculty Director Jim Greiner in California this November

Friends on the West Coast, you have two opportunities to join A2J Lab Faculty Director Jim Greiner this November. A Conversation with Jim Greiner Wednesday, Nov. 13 6 – 8 pm Knobbe Martens 2040 Main St., 14th Floor Irvine, CA 92614 Co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Association of Orange County and the Harvard Law Read more about Join A2J Lab Faculty Director Jim Greiner in California this November[…]

The Final Stage Reentry Project

The Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School partners with Kansas Legal Services, Neighborhood Legal Services, and Pittsburgh-Area Law Schools on Criminal Record-Clearing Project in Kansas and Western Pennsylvania Kansas Legal Services, Inc. (KLS), Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the Duquesne University School of Law Civil Rights clinical program, and students and professors at the Read more about The Final Stage Reentry Project[…]

Ready, set, launch…Court Date Reminders in a Public Defense Setting

The Access to Justice Lab has started a new study to learn whether text message communication between arrestees and their public defenders can reduce failure to appear (FTA) rates, improve attorney-client relationships, and avoid unnecessary incarceration. Failure to appear at trial is often a reason that policymakers give for incarcerating people before their trial date. Read more about Ready, set, launch…Court Date Reminders in a Public Defense Setting[…]