Public Safety Lab Receives 600K LJAF Grant For Jail Data Initiative
The problem of overincarceration has received considerable attention of late. The focus of this attention, however, has largely been on state and federal prison systems. Often overlooked are local jails. In any given year, approximately 11 million Americans will be detained in a county jail, often because they lack the funds to post bail, or even because they lack the funds to pay their fines. Yet we know little about county jail practices, including which counties are systematically jailing defendants pre-trial and/or post-fine, and about the consequences of these practices. It is possible that longer periods of pre-trial detention, for example, actually increase recidivism, and/or escalate petty offending into more serious offending. The Public Safety Lab, founded and directed by NYU Politics Professor Anna Harvey, has received a 611K grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for its Jail Data Initiative. The Lab's data science team will crawl daily county jail rosters and criminal case records in over 1,000 counties throughout the U.S. over a period of 3 years. Using these data, the Lab's research team will be able both to identify counties that are systematically jailing defendants pre-trial and/or post-fine, and to estimate the impacts of these practices on recidivism. For more information, please contact email@example.com.