Seattle Attempts to Limit Background Checks for Rental Housing and Gets it Wrong

The City of Seattle is has a draft ordinance relating to fair chance housing but the proposal is wrong on three counts, as CDIA noted in a letter.  First, the proposal could make apartment communities more susceptible to crime by arbitrarily assigning a mythical point of redemption at two years.  Second, the bill takes away… Continue reading Seattle Attempts to Limit Background Checks for Rental Housing and Gets it Wrong

Goose Meets Gander at White House, Denied Entry

White House Door Isn’t Always Open to Ex-Cons Visitors with a criminal record say roadblocks show a disconnect with Obama’s message of redemption Colleen McCain Nelson, Gary Fields The Wall Street Journal Aug. 23, 2015 6:00 a.m. ET President Barack Obama, as part of his push to overhaul the criminal-justice system, has said ex-offenders should… Continue reading Goose Meets Gander at White House, Denied Entry

The Left and the Right Meet Again, and They Agree

In November 2014, there was a Justice Reinvestment National Summit in San Diego convened by Pew, the Justice Center of CSG and the BJS.  There has been a lot of attention paid to the areas of bipartisan agreement to reducing crime and this was highlighted in joint presentation from former Speaker of the House Newt… Continue reading The Left and the Right Meet Again, and They Agree

Convictions Matter; Judges Say So

We have blogged before, here, about the emerging science that is allowing judges to better predict a defendant’s likelihood of reoffending to determine parole, probation, and release pending trial.  Science is now replacing what had been based on instinct and gut reactions by judges.  To no one’s surprise, prior convictions do matter in the science… Continue reading Convictions Matter; Judges Say So

Prison Firm CCA Seeks to Reduce Number of Repeat Offenders

On Sept. 12, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about how CCA, the “nation’s largest private prison company”, “is shifting its focus toward helping release more inmates and keep them out—a reaction, company officials say, to changing policies around the country on the severity of criminal punishment.”  CCA, “which has built a profitable business from… Continue reading Prison Firm CCA Seeks to Reduce Number of Repeat Offenders

Using “Moneyball” to Measure Risk of Reoffending

Former New Jersey Attorney General, Anne Milgram (D) has been working for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to better predict risk of reoffending in a criminal justice context.  Ms. Milgram first got attention when a story about her and her work appeared in the Nov. 2013 edition of the ABA Journal.  Ex-NJ attorney general works to reform… Continue reading Using “Moneyball” to Measure Risk of Reoffending

Predicting Risk for Re-Offending

I have noted before the work by former New Jersey AG Anne Milgram at the Arnold Foundation to bring evidence-based systems to the criminal justice system. Applying what she calls “moneyball” to criminal justice, rather than creating a strict “redemption period” as noted by Profs. Blumstein and Nakamara, Milgram build a risk assessment tool to… Continue reading Predicting Risk for Re-Offending