A survey of more than 600 court administrators, prosecutors, police chiefs, and corrections officials named Bill Bratton, former police chief in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, the most innovative figure in criminal justice, Greg Berman of the Center for Court Innovation writes in the National Law Journal. Berman calls Bratton “someone who uses research to guide decision-making, who is willing to take risks and who is able to respond to failure by analyzing what isn’t working and then responding accordingly.” Nine out of 10 respondents reported that they regularly looked to research and data to guide policymaking. This represents a significant change from the days of decision-making based on anecdote, when leaders often made choices based on their gut instincts, Berman says. Asked to identify programs they were excited about, criminal justice leaders cited initiatives including problem-solving courts, evidence-based sentencing reforms, and technological tools including the Compstat approach pioneered by Bratton.
Editors Note: William Bratton is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College, one of The Crime Report's collaborating partners.