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 Justice Index 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
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.
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
Amy Bach Speaks at Mississippi Public Defenders Conference
April 24, 2013 | Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Amy Bach, MFJ Executive Director, recently spoke at the Spring Public Defenders Conference in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Public defenders face immense challenges in Mississippi. Many of them carry soul-crushing caseloads with little to no resources provided to defend their clients and with every other actor in the criminal justice system pressuring them to quickly resolve their cases. Amy spoke about the challenges in being part of such a system and how local criminal systems need to be able to present data on their performance to make the case for better resources or simply to defend themselves against budget cuts and the austerity measures being implemented nationwide. To learn more about the Mississippi Public Defender Office, please visit: http://www.ospd.ms.gov/