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Washington Attorney General
To understand the effectiveness of our criminal justice system, we need timely and objective data, which the Measures for Justice Portal provides. This resource will be an asset to policymakers and the public as we strive to improve our criminal justice outcomes.
- Bob Ferguson
Washington Attorney General
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
The first step to reforming and strengthening our criminal justice system is understanding what’s actually happening within it. I commend Measures for Justice for bringing together this valuable data from across our Commonwealth so we can gain insights that will be used to strengthen our system, protect the public, support victims, and save taxpayer dollars.
- Josh Shapiro
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Washington State Supreme Court, Co-chair of the Minority and Justice Commission and Chair of the Washington LFO Stakeholder Consortium
We appreciate the willingness of Measures for Justice to work collaboratively with us on looking at Washington’s data around Legal Financial Obligations. Seeing the way in which they present the data in a truly innovative and user-friendly way allows us to envision how we hope to present the data we are gathering for our LFO grant project. The Measures for Justice team was open and responsive to working with us on further developing the data around LFOs, and it will be nice to not have to reinvent the wheel in the areas that they are already able to cover.
- Justice Mary Yu
Washington State Supreme Court, Co-chair of the Minority and Justice Commission and Chair of the Washington LFO Stakeholder Consortium
Associate Administrative Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Measures for Justice’s Data Portal does not prescribe best practices or pass judgment on the data. Instead, it allows users to decide where to focus their attention. For example, I can see law enforcement using data on racial disparity in the “Resisting Arrest Cases” Measure as a training tool. I can also see states attorneys using racial disparity in the “Resisting Arrest Cases Not Prosecuted” Measure to applaud their efforts to be sensitive to the issue. In short, I can imagine a wide variety of uses for the data—the courts, the legislature, and law enforcement. It’s an extremely useful tool.
- Steve Leifman
Associate Administrative Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
President of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is thrilled to support the launch of the new Measures for Justice Data Portal. This extremely important collaborative effort represents the first organized attempt to develop a comprehensive set of performance measures for the criminal justice system. These measures break down performance data across multiple factors including race/ethnicity; sex; indigent status; age; and offense type. They also allow for county-to-county comparisons within and across states, which is essential to all involved in the criminal justice system. This is just the kind of tool that criminal justice professionals have been waiting for.
- David LaBahn
President of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Executive Director, State of North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services
Measures for Justice recognizes that justice happens on the county level. This is why data on the county level is essential if we want to be able to talk to the legislature about policy changes. MFJ is giving us what we need to start talking about what works and what doesn’t.
- Thomas Maher
Executive Director, State of North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services
District Attorney, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; Education/Training Chair of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association
MFJ’s Data Portal covers all the bases and hot topics. Bail, mass incarceration, court fees. County judges will love this. Everyone will.
- Ed Marsico
District Attorney, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; Education/Training Chair of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association
District Attorney for Dodge County, Wisconsin
I am excited to utilize MFJ’s Data Portal to identify areas where we can make meaningful changes in our operation to benefit the citizens we serve. Having useful data to evaluate our approach to criminal justice will save taxpayer resources, improve functionality and efficiency, and ultimately pay dividends in enhanced public safety.
- Kurt F. Klomberg
District Attorney for Dodge County, Wisconsin
Commissioner of Miami-Dade County, Florida's Board of County Commissioners
We need to deal with real information to get real solutions. Anytime you can work with real data instead of hypotheticals, you can develop better policies and practices.
- Sally Heyman
Commissioner of Miami-Dade County, Florida's Board of County Commissioners
Director and Former President, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
I have attended a lot of meetings where we talk about problems in the criminal justice system and how we can accomplish policy change. The problems often seem pretty amorphous, which limits our ability to identify solutions. Once there are real numbers it changes the conversation. Numbers allow us to take the next step and figure out how we can change the numbers and the cost. The only real way to reduce the cost is to reduce the number of inmates and defendants in the system. We need data at the city, county and state level to make that change.
- L. Monte Sleight
Director and Former President, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Needham Y. Gulley Professor of Criminal Law Wake Forest University
Numbers don't mean anything without context. And context comes from comparison—we know whether a number is big or small, a sign of trouble or success, by comparing one place to another. My job as an academic is to notice those comparisons as I explain the context. The Data Portal of Measures for Justice makes it possible, for the first time, for me to do my job as an explainer without fumbling around in the dark. Now I can go out looking for meaningful numbers and comparisons, instead of settling for some random statistic that falls into my lap.
- Ronald F. Wright
Needham Y. Gulley Professor of Criminal Law Wake Forest University
Professor of Sociology, University of Washington; National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices, National Center for State Courts
Your data-gathering project is amazing. The plan to have comparable measures within and across states will be a wonderful and extremely useful tool for a variety of stakeholders working in the area of criminal justice.
- Alexes Harris, PhD
Professor of Sociology, University of Washington; National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices, National Center for State Courts
Immediate Past President, National Black Prosecutors Association
This data tool makes me feel better about the work I’m doing, but also gives me a goal to aspire to. I love being able to see what’s working and what’s not nationwide. This tool gives me the data I need to discuss effective practices.
- Melba V. Pearson
Immediate Past President, National Black Prosecutors Association
Florida State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit
I like being able to get somebody else’s objective view of the six counties I oversee. Knowing how other jurisdictions do justice is fascinating. I love this.
- Bill Cervone
Florida State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit
Chief Public Defender, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
I am so thankful for the Measures for Justice free and public Data Portal.
- Dean Beer
Chief Public Defender, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Former Executive Director of the Florida Public Defender Association
This is 2016. We’re collecting data on everything. We need more of the type of analyses Measures for Justice is conducting—not less. Thank you for this amazing work.
- Sheldon Gusky
Former Executive Director of the Florida Public Defender Association
Chief Public Defender, Forsyth County, North Carolina
The Portal was very useful for allowing me to compare my own county to other similar counties in my state. I look forward to the addition of filters for NC such as attorney type and indigent status because I can already start to see how these data will help me make the case for additional resources for my county and for my office specifically.
- Paul James
Chief Public Defender, Forsyth County, North Carolina
Davis County Attorney, Utah
Prosecutors in my office make decisions daily that have a profound impact on the lives of victims, defendants, and our community. For years, due to budget constraints, it has been difficult to get meaningful performance measurement data in my office. Secretaries and assistants had to manually pull, review, and compile records to track critical decision-making categories such as dismissals. Measures for Justice’s work could not be more welcome. I can see what’s going on in my office with ease and speed. Among other valuable tools, the dismissal data compiled and made available by Measures for Justice assists us in real time to address any issues they present.
- Troy Rawlings
Davis County Attorney, Utah
Visiting Professor, Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy
The conceptual approach, solid methodological construct, and continually tested and enhanced data add a valuable and much-needed tool to measure the premise of justice in a comparative, multi-jurisdictional tableau. It is recommended for students of the criminal justice system, practitioners, administrators and policy makers who are interested in the system, want an accurate depiction of its current status, and plan to implement reform where needed.
- Susan Katzenelson
Visiting Professor, Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake County, Utah
Good data are critical for us to make informed policy decisions. We welcome Measures for Justice’s work in this area; it makes all the difference for informing useful discussions that can actually create change.
- Jeffrey Hall
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake County, Utah
King County Prosecuting Attorney, Washington
People often talk about the criminal justice system as if it is a monolithic structure when, in fact, there are as many justice systems as there are counties in America – about 3,000. Nowhere is this revealed more thoroughly than by the Measures for Justice Portal, where county systems can be measured side-by-side on any number of key metrics. This incredibly valuable tool will help local reformers know where they stand, and where they should focus their energies.
- Dan Satterberg
King County Prosecuting Attorney, Washington
Deputy Chief of Staff, Milwaukee County Executive’s Office, Wisconsin
It’s a considerable understatement to call MFJ thorough and meticulous. At least in my little neck of the local government woods, it’s rare to see MFJ's level of quality and professionalism in data work. It’s exciting to see.
- Nate Holton
Deputy Chief of Staff, Milwaukee County Executive’s Office, Wisconsin
Founder and Executive Director, Fair and Just Prosecution
Great strides have been made over the past few years in promoting justice system reforms that recognize that past incarceration-driven practices have not always resulted in safer or healthier communities. Yet too often our criminal justice system – and the performance of prosecutors within that system – is judged by overly simplified metrics focused on numbers of indictments, rates of conviction or length of sentences imposed. The new Measures for Justice Data Portal will offer a long overdue opportunity for prosecutors, courts, journalists, and community members to know and understand how justice system practices differ across jurisdictions and how local approaches impact fairness, justice, and public safety. It will provide an invaluable set of metrics that will enable courts, prosecutors and other local leaders to work toward a criminal justice system that promotes safer and healthier communities and a fair and equitable process.
- Miriam Aroni Krinsky
Founder and Executive Director, Fair and Just Prosecution
District Attorney for Winnebago County, Wisconsin
I learned more from two hours of looking at MFJ’s data than I have in nine years of conducting performance analysis myself.
- Christian Gossett
District Attorney for Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
We are living in a data-driven environment. But when criminal justice systems don’t speak to each other, we are making decisions in a vacuum. We need this Data Portal to really know what’s going on.
- Sheriff Susan Benton
Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Chief of Policy and Communication, Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, Florida
We are grateful to have access to MJF’s comprehensive data. Since taking office in January, 2017, we have put many processes and procedures under a microscope, from our charging decisions and sentence recommendations to the success of different diversion programs. We will use MJF’s data to evaluate where we can make changes to best serve our community. Additionally, having access to similar data for neighboring and other comparable districts gives us insight into where we may be statistical outliers, helping us to identify problems so that we may focus on solutions.
- Rena J. Frazier
Chief of Policy and Communication, Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, Florida

Partners

Measures for Justice would like to acknowledge and thank a few of our partners below for their generous support.

Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center
The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a new kind of philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through engineering, grant making, impact investing, policy and advocacy work.
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation provides funding and business mentoring to social entrepreneurs as they begin their non-profit organizations.
The Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide.
Google.org
Google.org. A better world, faster. Tech entrepreneurs are using innovation to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. We invest in teams with bold ideas that create lasting global impact.
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s Criminal Justice initiative aims to reduce crime, increase public safety, and ensure the criminal justice system operates as fairly and cost-effectively as possible.
MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge
Supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative to address over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
Ash Tree Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The Ash Tree Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is investing in four proven focus areas to increase opportunity for New Hampshire’s kids — from cradle to career.
Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
Pershing Square Foundation
The Pershing Square Foundation supports exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact.
The William H. Donner Foundation
The William H. Donner Foundation embraces the judicious use of incentive grants to advance thoughtful, creative projects.

Contributors

We would very much like to thank the following people:

Alan VanderMolen President, International and WE+
Alexandra Holmes Research Intern
Andrew Warren State Attorney 13th Circuit
Angela Remus Research Intern
Aric Cramer Criminal Defense Attorney, St. George, UT
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Barb Miner Director and Superior Court Clerk, Department of Judicial Administration
Besiki Kutateladze Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Florida International University
Carey Haughwout Public Defender, Palm Beach County
Carlos Martinez Chief Public Defender (Miami-Dade)
Christian Gossett District Attorney, Winnebago County
Dan Satterberg King County Prosecuting Attorney
Daniel F. Wilhelm Senior Fellow at Vera Institute of Justice
David Markakis Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
David McGee Research Intern
Deborrah Brodsky Director, FSU Project on Accountable Justice
Ed Marsico District Attorney Dauphin County, FL
Edwin Dorsey Student Intern, The Harley School
Effective UX Design
Elizabeth Drake Sr. Research Associate, WA Institute for Public Policy
Ezra Porter Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Henry Honeywood Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Ian Alberg Edgewater Partners
James Lee Partner, the Jackson Hole Group
Jane Poore Research Consultant
Jeffrey Hall Chief Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office
Jennie Brooks Research Consultant
Jennifer Loyless Program Coordinator Office of the Public Defender Palm Beach County
Jerome DeRoy CEO, Narrativ
Jess Fry Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Jim Kohlenberger President, JK Strategies
John Chisholm District Attorney, Milwaukee County
John Hollway Associate Dean & Executive Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at Penn Law
John Rubin UNC School of Government, Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
Josh Anes Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Judge Risa Ferman Judge of Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, PA
Justin Erlich Consultant
Justina Elmore Outreach Librarian, Social Sciences, Outreach, Learning, and Research Services, University of Rochester Library
Katherine Bakrania Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Kim Ball Director, Justice Programs Office, American University
Kurt Klomberg District Attorney, Dodge County
Lisette (Mimi) McCormick Exec. Dir. PA Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness
Lizabeth Paige Remrey Research Intern
Lorien Henry-Wilkins Tech advisor
Margaret Thurston Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Mason DeLang Doctoral Student, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester
Matt Dunagan Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Florida Sheriffs Association
Matthew Justice Midnight Hour Films
Melba Pearson Assistant Chief - Career Criminal/Robbery Unit Miami Dade County
Michael Adkinson Sheriff - Walton County
Minerva Design Branding / Design
Nate Knauf Student Intern, The Harley School
Ori Yehezkely Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Paul James Chief Public Defender Forsythe County
Pedro Vazquez Research Intern
Riva Yeo Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Ron Gordon Executive Director, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Ronald Wright Wake Forest University, Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law
Sarah Heiligenthaler Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
Stuart Jordan Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester
Susan Katzenelson Former Director, NC Sentencing and Policy Commission
Thomas Maher Executive Director, NC Office of Indigent Defense Services
Tom Reed Public Defender, Milwaukee County
Troy Rawlings Davis County D.A.
Pasala Vishnu Tej Mallikupam Software Engineering Intern
William Cervone State Attorney 8th Circuit State Attorney
Zena Dorsey Consultant