The Measures for Justice (MFJ) project, which collects comparative data on the operation of local criminal justice systems nationwide, says it’s doubling down on its efforts so policymakers “can be in a better position to tackle all the same problems, and the new ones the coronavirus has left in its wake.” Data from a dozen more states will be published this year.
An alliance of two major criminology groups complains that “multiyear delays in the release of expected data and reports… [do] not help improve public safety or the efficiency of our criminal justice system.”
A new report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission finds that half of all federal economic crime offenders had at least one prior conviction in their criminal history and they did not necessarily “specialize in economic crime.”
A 2015 visit of U.S. prison leaders to Norway set in motion a series of changes that have led to overhauling North Dakota’s prison system–and could serve as a model for other jurisdictions, state’ corrections chief Leann Bertsch told the 15th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America.
A website used FBI crime statistics to rank states based on their per capita rates of violence. Crime is down generally, but in some states, the rates of reported violent crime approximate those of the early 1990s.