Research

Books

To Be Fair

To Be Fair

By Emily Gold LaGratta and Tom Tyler

TO BE FAIR is a compilation of interviews with practitioners from around the country who have worked to implement the tenets of procedural justice in criminal courts. Research has shown that when court users perceive the justice process to be fair, they are more likely to comply with court orders and to follow the law in the future, regardless of whether they “win” or “lose” their case. Improved perceptions of fairness also yield improved public trust and confidence in the justice system. These interviews with judges, attorneys, and other criminal justice experts show the real-world applications—and benefits—of procedural justice. 

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Publications

Jail in New York City: Evidence-Based Opportunities for Reform

Jail in New York City: Evidence-Based Opportunities for Reform

Based on an extensive analysis of New York City data, this report suggests the city’s jail population can be significantly reduced, a move that would also cut costs substantially. To identify ways to safely reduce the use of jail, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice commissioned research on the path of criminal cases from arrest through bail decisions to sentencing. Among the report’s findings:

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FACT SHEET: Jail in New York City: Evidence-Based Opportunities for Reform

FACT SHEET: Jail in New York City: Evidence-Based Opportunities for Reform

To identify ways to safely reduce the use of jail, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice commissioned research on the path from arrest through bail to sentencing. The research also examined how much taxpayers spend on incarceration.

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Reducing New York City's Jail Population

Reducing New York City's Jail Population

New York City's incarceration rates have been dropping steadily, but a new report from the Center for Court Innovation, in collaboration with the Vera Institute of Justice, suggests the city’s jail population can still be brought significantly lower. The report looks in detail at key decision-points along the path from arrest through bail to sentencing and makes concrete suggestions for how to improve the system, especially for those defendants detained awaiting trial. In this New Thinking podcast, Matthew Watkins speaks with Michael Rempel, the report's lead author and the Center's research director.

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Annual Reports

Annual Report: 2016

Annual Report: 2016

Highlights of the Center for Court Innovation's accomplishments in 2016.

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