The New Tool That Could Revolutionize How We Measure Justice

By Beth Schwartzapfel

The Marshall Project

May 23, 2017

This week the nonprofit Measures for Justice is launching an online tool meant to shine a high beam into these dark corners.

It is gathering numbers from key criminal justice players — prosecutors offices, public defenders, courts, probation departments — in each of America’s more than 3,000 counties. Staffers clean the data, assemble it in an apples-to-apples format, use it to answer a standard set of basic questions, and make the results free and easy to access and understand.

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