How Many of 10.5M U.S. Arrests are Unnecessary?

Because most arrests are not for serious crimes but for offenses like drug possession, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, many cases could be handled effectively by other means, and thus not contribute to the nation’s mass incarceration, says a report from the Vera Institute of Justice.

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measures for justice

National Court-Tracking Pioneer Gets $100K Bronfman Prize

Amy Bach of Measures for Justice was recognized for her organization’s work tracking the performance of the criminal justice system at the county level, Her work has already prompted a new law on data transparency in Florida, an effort that backers are seeking to replicate in California and other states.


Criminal Justice Journalism Wins Pulitzer Prizes

Reporting by the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on mass shootings won awards. Another winner was Hannah Dreier of ProPublica for a series on a crackdown on the MS-13 gang that also won a John Jay College of Criminal Justice prize this year.

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