Criminal Justice Reform

We’re advancing long overdue reforms to reduce the harms of America’s broken criminal justice system.

In cities across America, communities face high rates of gun violence and significant harm caused by the criminal justice system, which disproportionately impacts people of color. For too long, the public sector has failed to address these overlapping and systemic crises, partly because policymakers view them as a trade-off. But to truly increase public safety, society must find solutions that advance justice and reduce gun violence simultaneously.

That’s why we’re working with public sector agencies to reform our criminal justice system by designing pretrial risk assessment tools, studying the effects of cash bail, and promoting treatment instead of incarceration for individuals arrested on non-violent substance use charges.

Our evaluation of the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program found participants were 44% less likely to be re-arrested for drug possession and violent crime charges.

We worked with Luminosity and the NYC Criminal Justice Agency to design and implement New York City’s pre-trial risk assessment tool, helping low-risk defendants avoid jail time while they await trial and helping judges avoid releasing high-risk defendants.

Related Projects
Illinois Department of Corrections’ (IDOC) Facilities Mapping Project
CURRENT

Illinois Department of Corrections’ (IDOC) Facilities Mapping Project

To improve access to college education opportunities in prison, the Crime Lab partnered with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to produce interactive statewide maps to connect facilities with nearby postsecondary education providers.

New Jersey Portfolio
CURRENT

New Jersey Portfolio

The Crime Lab is partnering with the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to help strengthen reforms to the state’s criminal justice system introduced in 2017, including eliminating cash bail and introducing a risk assessment tool to aid in pretrial release decisions.

Chicago Fire Department Technical Assistance

Chicago Fire Department Technical Assistance

Crime Lab data analysts were embedded in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division of the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) to generate data dashboards and visualizations using data from patient care reports.

Targeted Interventions for High-Risk Domestic Violence Victims
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Targeted Interventions for High-Risk Domestic Violence Victims

The Crime Lab studied targeted approaches to identify high-risk domestic violence victims, conduct outreach, and provide resources to lower the risk of experiencing future harm.

Related Resources
Empirical Analysis of Prediction Mistakes in New York City Pretrial Data
Academic Paper

Empirical Analysis of Prediction Mistakes in New York City Pretrial Data

Feb 2024
Brookings Institution Commentary: Making the invisible epidemic visible
Research Brief

Brookings Institution Commentary: Making the invisible epidemic visible

Aug 2023

Using new data from a large urban trauma center in Chicago, we document substantial under-reporting of domestic violence at the time of receiving medical care.

Video about the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program
Video

Video about the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program

Jun 2023

This video provides an overview of the Crime Lab’s evaluation of the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program, a program implemented by the community behavioral health provider Thresholds.

NADP Research Brief
Research Brief

NADP Research Brief

Jun 2023

Research Brief for the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program.

Latest Updates

Chicago CEOs Raise $100 Million to Fight Crime After Bloody Days
Media Mention
Bloomberg
Jul 2024

Chicago CEOs Raise $100 Million to Fight Crime After Bloody Days

Bloomberg’s Isis Almeida and Miranda Davis cite Crime Lab analysis of data on shootings in Chicago during the summer months, which account for more than one-third of the city’s shootings every year.

Community violence intervention takes spotlight after bloody weekend in Chicago
Media Mention
Fox 32 Chicago
Jul 2024

Community violence intervention takes spotlight after bloody weekend in Chicago

Dr. Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy, joins Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago to discuss his recent testimony at the Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee Hearing.

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UChicago Crime Lab
Jul 2024

Protected: Addressing Data Challenges to Prevent Domestic Homicide

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