Trial and Error
The Center for Court Innovation, with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, has embarked on a multi-faceted inquiry designed to promote trial and error in criminal justice reform. The Center is examining efforts to improve the criminal justice system that did not achieve the results that were intended in an attempt to learn lessons and promote innovation going forward. At its heart, this is an effort to encourage honest self-reflection and thoughtful risk-taking among criminal justice agencies. In 2010, Urban Institute Press published Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure, a book based on the Center's study of criminal justice reform. And 2011 saw the publication of Daring to Fail: First-Person Stories of Criminal Justice Reform, a collection of interviews with leading criminal justice thinkers about failure.