The criminal justice system can only operate safely and fairly if everyone has insight into which policies and practices are effective.
Making more data public makes more change possible.
Our public dashboards — see Pennsylvania and North Dakota — provide real-time visibility into statistics like prison and parole populations, reasons for incarceration, and parole success rates. The dashboard’s intuitive data visualizations help policymakers, advocates, journalists, and researchers find common ground in pursuit of a smaller, fairer, and more effective criminal justice system.
Safety and justice deserve better data. That’s why we’re part of a coalition working to provide timely, consistent criminal justice data to policymakers and their communities across all 50 states. Consensus-driven metrics are a new and crucial resource in the field. They account for variation in data collection, analysis and reporting and provide key insights on system trends, operations and outcomes across all criminal justice sectors. Learn more about Justice Counts, an initiative co-led by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with Recidiviz as the chief technical partner.
Our free, non-partisan analysis ensures policymakers, practitioners, and advocates understand the impact of proposed legislation – before it passes! Browse our library and uncover how policies will affect correctional populations, state costs, racial disparities, workforce development, and more by requesting a memo.
Parole and probation violations have an outsized effect on state prison populations. The Course Corrections Cost Calculator, developed in partnership with CSG, uses data to show how simple changes in probation and parole outcomes can impact a state’s prison population and costs.
Our code base is open-source. That means anyone can study, extend, or use our code to further their own work to improve the criminal justice system. We welcome questions and contributions on Github.