Pennsylvania

Our institutional population is at its lowest levels since 2001. Recidiviz supports our team members to continue their incredible work and highlights opportunities to advance our department's overall objectives.

George Little, Acting Secretary of Corrections

Dashboards are live

Pennsylvania

We’ve been tracking the outcomes from day one. We’ve made significant movement toward decarceration. And overall crime is lower, we have fewer prisons, and we’ve had the lowest increases in corrections spending in recent history.

George Little, Secretary of Corrections

Department of Corrections leadership uses data to drive decision-making.

In collaboration with Recidiviz and the CSG Justice Center, Pennsylvania has developed a dashboard that provides real-time data analytics and gives a clearer view of how key metrics like recommitments from parole influence the size and composition of its incarcerated population. The dashboard also helps Department of Corrections leadership identify trends in behavior and successful practices for reducing recidivism, and enables them to use that data to shape effective policies.

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Pennsylvania extends data transparency through the launch of their public dashboard.

In 2021, Pennsylvania became the second state to launch a public dashboard that provides policymakers, advocacy groups, journalists, and researchers with real-time visibility into what’s happening in its criminal justice system. Pennsylvania’s public data visualizations enable the Department of Corrections (DOC) to tell a story about the justice system and to facilitate dialogue about effective reform.

Department of Corrections leadership uses data to drive decision-making.

In collaboration with Recidiviz and the CSG Justice Center, Pennsylvania has developed a dashboard that provides real-time data analytics and gives a clearer view of how key metrics like recommitments from parole influence the size and composition of its incarcerated population. The dashboard also helps Department of Corrections leadership identify trends in behavior and successful practices for reducing recidivism, and enables them to use that data to shape effective policies.

Shaping and sharing data for successful outcomes.

Recidiviz’s partnership with Pennsylvania began with the Lantern dashboard developed in collaboration with the CSG Justice Center. Pennsylvania, known in the corrections space and by external researchers as a leader in data transparency, saw an opportunity to understand and utilize its data more effectively in order to build upon recent successes and drive forward positive change in the justice system. The partnership is part of a comprehensive effort by the Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania Parole Board to use data-driven decision-making to reduce the prison population, reduce inequities, and help justice-involved people succeed in their communities.

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