Redemption for Offenders and Victims

January 19, 2018

OFTEN, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE is an adjunct to the criminal justice system or occurs years after that process has concluded. But it can also be a stand-alone alternative. There are few pre-determined expectations other than open-minded and full-throated participation on all sides… Read more

The Court of a Million Chances

January 3, 2018

Mental health courts, rather than a broad solution to the general problem, are best used when considering the diversion of a small percentage of that target population. However, even that small percentage can fall through the cracks without accessible housing,… Read more

In Defense of Risk-Assessment Tools

October 24, 2017

It may seem weird to rely on an impersonal algorithm to predict a person’s behavior given the enormous stakes. But the gravity of the outcome—in cost, crime, and wasted human potential—is exactly why we should use an algorithm. Read the… Read more

Want less crime? Put fewer people in jail

September 15, 2017

Recent studies show that even short stays in jail can spur a significant increase in a person’s likelihood to reoffend, while longer detentions correlate with even greater odds of recidivism. Overall crime rates are lower than they have been in decades, but the rate of… Read more


August 23, 2017

America’s justice system runs on the exchange of money for freedom. Some say that’s unfair. But can data fix it? A 2013 report commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance found 38 percent of inmates in New Jersey jails were there… Read more

Opinion: The Practical Case for Parole for Violent Offenders

August 10, 2017

Those prison inmates who are eligible for parole consideration are usually repeatedly denied based on the “nature of the crime,” rather than an evaluation of a person’s transformation and accomplishments since they committed it. The compassion, engagement and intellect of people… Read more

The Essential Role of Medicaid and Criminal Justice

July 13, 2017

Specialty courts take aim at social determinants which can be “root cause drivers” and the intersections between poverty, trauma, adverse childhood experiences and disparities in race, health and education. From a criminal and juvenile justice perspective, the role of Medicaid… Read more