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More Data Seen Critical to Measuring Coronavirus Impact on Local Justice

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.

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COVID-19 and the ‘New Normal’ in Criminal Justice

How are criminal justice agencies adapting to the coronavirus pandemic? Aubrey Fox, head of New York’s Criminal Justice Agency, and Greg Berman, former head of the Center for Court Innovation, recently discussed the challenge in an email conversation. They invited The Crime Report to post their discussion.

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Can COVID-19 Force Us to Take Criminal Justice Reform Seriously?

Prisoners in Washington State have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state corrections chief Steven Sinclair asking for the release of elderly inmates to halt the spread of the coronavirus. This and similar actions elsewhere are adding long-needed momentum to the movement to reduce mass incarceration, writes an inmate.

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How COVID-19 Triggered a ‘Sea Change’ in Arizona Courts

As courts across the country grapple with the pandemic, they might take a lesson from Arizona’s Maricopa County, which has dramatically reduced in-person court appearances.  The “temporary” measure is working so well that the courts might decide to keep it after the crisis is over, writes a Scottsdale defense attorney.