Welcome to Measures for Justice

better courts | better outcomes

Our goal is to flag and fix systemic problems in the American criminal justice system. How? By creating a a system of measures that will allow counties to see how well or poorly their justice systems are providing the public with basic legal services. So that no one is deprived of his or her rights. So that no one's tax dollars go to waste.

Measures for Justice will collect information about local criminal justice systems across the country and use this information to help local and state communities advocate for change. MFJ will reach into the heart of America and ask: How are you doing?

News & Events

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    MFJ Shares Preliminary Results from Wisconsin Pilot at National Forum on Criminal Justice

    August 10-13, 2014  |  Breckenridge, CO

    During a workshop moderated by Kristen Mahoney, Deputy Director for Policy, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Amy Bach presented preliminary results of MFJ's first pilot study testing the Measures for Justice, enabling counties for the first time to compare the performance of their local criminal justice system. As quoted in the Crime Report, Amy comments: “You can look up data and see where the schools with good test scores are located are, or you can look up the water quality of a city...But not for the courts... We want to collect data that means something to the people using the courts and to be able to see where things can improve."

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    Amy Bach Gives Keynote Address to Kentucky Public Defenders

    June 18-19, 2013  |  Kentucky

    Amy Bach recently gave the Keynote address at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy's celebration of Gideon versus Wainwright. (See blog for part of speech). The Kentucky Bar Association put together an exceptional event. Amy also sat on a panel that followed a repartee by David Boise and former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson's. These guys are the super-litigators on opposite sides of Bush v. Gore, who also teamed up to win the fight for same-sex marriage in the U.S Supreme Court. Here's Amy with Mr. Olson.

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    Amy Bach Interviewed in The Crime Report

    June 24, 2013  |  The Crime Report

    Amy Bach was recently interviewed by The Crime Report - " the nation’s only comprehensive news service covering the diverse challenges and issues of 21st century criminal justice in the U.S. and abroad." We are excited to share the report with you. http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/inside-criminal-justice/2013-06-measuring-justice

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