To address the challenges our criminal justice system is facing and identify knowledge and evidence-based best practices, we need data from all criminal justice stakeholders, at the county levels. I firmly believe in the mission, goal, and method of Measures for Justice and I welcome the transparency it brings to our criminal justice system!

Harlan G. Grossman

Superior Court Judge, Ret., Contra Costa County, CA

Burdened with large court dockets and high caseloads, judges, prosecutors, and other practitioners often make decisions without a full picture of how the system as a whole is performing. Measures for Justice has developed a careful and sound methodology for data standards and collection that gives policymakers the tools to compare local jurisdictions and see how the state measures up to its peers. Practitioners can use it for goal setting and continuous quality improvement. This contribution to the field helps lay the foundation for policy and practice improvements nationwide.

Terry Schuster

The Pew Charitable Trusts

To understand the effectiveness of our criminal justice system, we need timely and objective data, which the Measures for Justice Portal provides. This resource will be an asset to policymakers and the public as we strive to improve our criminal justice outcomes.

Bob Ferguson

Washington Attorney General

The first step to reforming and strengthening our criminal justice system is understanding what’s actually happening within it. I commend Measures for Justice for bringing together this valuable data from across our Commonwealth so we can gain insights that will be used to strengthen our system, protect the public, support victims, and save taxpayer dollars.

Josh Shapiro

Attorney General of Pennsylvania

We appreciate the willingness of Measures for Justice to work collaboratively with us on looking at Washington’s data around Legal Financial Obligations. Seeing the way in which they present the data in a truly innovative and user-friendly way allows us to envision how we hope to present the data we are gathering for our LFO grant project. The Measures for Justice team was open and responsive to working with us on further developing the data around LFOs, and it will be nice to not have to reinvent the wheel in the areas that they are already able to cover.

Justice Mary Yu

Washington State Supreme Court, Co-chair of the Minority and Justice Commission and Chair of the Washington LFO Stakeholder Consortium

Measures for Justice’s Data Portal does not prescribe best practices or pass judgment on the data. Instead, it allows users to decide where to focus their attention. For example, I can see law enforcement using data on racial disparity in the “Resisting Arrest Cases” Measure as a training tool. I can also see states attorneys using racial disparity in the “Resisting Arrest Cases Not Prosecuted” Measure to applaud their efforts to be sensitive to the issue. In short, I can imagine a wide variety of uses for the data—the courts, the legislature, and law enforcement. It’s an extremely useful tool.

Steve Leifman

Associate Administrative Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is thrilled to support the launch of the new Measures for Justice Data Portal. This extremely important collaborative effort represents the first organized attempt to develop a comprehensive set of performance measures for the criminal justice system. These measures break down performance data across multiple factors including race/ethnicity; sex; indigent status; age; and offense type. They also allow for county-to-county comparisons within and across states, which is essential to all involved in the criminal justice system. This is just the kind of tool that criminal justice professionals have been waiting for.

David LaBahn

President of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Measures for Justice recognizes that justice happens on the county level. This is why data on the county level is essential if we want to be able to talk to the legislature about policy changes. MFJ is giving us what we need to start talking about what works and what doesn’t.

Thomas Maher

Executive Director, State of North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services

MFJ’s Data Portal covers all the bases and hot topics. Bail, mass incarceration, court fees. County judges will love this. Everyone will.

Ed Marsico

District Attorney, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; Education/Training Chair of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association

I am excited to utilize MFJ’s Data Portal to identify areas where we can make meaningful changes in our operation to benefit the citizens we serve. Having useful data to evaluate our approach to criminal justice will save taxpayer resources, improve functionality and efficiency, and ultimately pay dividends in enhanced public safety.

Kurt F. Klomberg

District Attorney for Dodge County, Wisconsin

We need to deal with real information to get real solutions. Anytime you can work with real data instead of hypotheticals, you can develop better policies and practices.

Sally Heyman

Commissioner of Miami-Dade County, Florida's Board of County Commissioners

I have attended a lot of meetings where we talk about problems in the criminal justice system and how we can accomplish policy change. The problems often seem pretty amorphous, which limits our ability to identify solutions. Once there are real numbers it changes the conversation. Numbers allow us to take the next step and figure out how we can change the numbers and the cost. The only real way to reduce the cost is to reduce the number of inmates and defendants in the system. We need data at the city, county and state level to make that change.

L. Monte Sleight

Director and Former President, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Numbers don't mean anything without context. And context comes from comparison—we know whether a number is big or small, a sign of trouble or success, by comparing one place to another. My job as an academic is to notice those comparisons as I explain the context. The Data Portal of Measures for Justice makes it possible, for the first time, for me to do my job as an explainer without fumbling around in the dark. Now I can go out looking for meaningful numbers and comparisons, instead of settling for some random statistic that falls into my lap.

Ronald F. Wright

Needham Y. Gulley Professor of Criminal Law Wake Forest University

Your data-gathering project is amazing. The plan to have comparable measures within and across states will be a wonderful and extremely useful tool for a variety of stakeholders working in the area of criminal justice.

Alexes Harris, PhD

Professor of Sociology, University of Washington; National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices, National Center for State Courts

This data tool makes me feel better about the work I’m doing, but also gives me a goal to aspire to. I love being able to see what’s working and what’s not nationwide. This tool gives me the data I need to discuss effective practices.

Melba V. Pearson

Immediate Past President, National Black Prosecutors Association

I like being able to get somebody else’s objective view of the six counties I oversee. Knowing how other jurisdictions do justice is fascinating. I love this.

Bill Cervone

Florida State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit

I am so thankful for the Measures for Justice free and public Data Portal.

Dean Beer

Chief Public Defender, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

This is 2016. We’re collecting data on everything. We need more of the type of analyses Measures for Justice is conducting—not less. Thank you for this amazing work.

Sheldon Gusky

Former Executive Director of the Florida Public Defender Association

The Portal was very useful for allowing me to compare my own county to other similar counties in my state. I look forward to the addition of filters for NC such as attorney type and indigent status because I can already start to see how these data will help me make the case for additional resources for my county and for my office specifically.

Paul James

Chief Public Defender, Forsyth County, North Carolina

Prosecutors in my office make decisions daily that have a profound impact on the lives of victims, defendants, and our community. For years, due to budget constraints, it has been difficult to get meaningful performance measurement data in my office. Secretaries and assistants had to manually pull, review, and compile records to track critical decision-making categories such as dismissals. Measures for Justice’s work could not be more welcome. I can see what’s going on in my office with ease and speed. Among other valuable tools, the dismissal data compiled and made available by Measures for Justice assists us in real time to address any issues they present.

Troy Rawlings

Davis County Attorney, Utah

The conceptual approach, solid methodological construct, and continually tested and enhanced data add a valuable and much-needed tool to measure the premise of justice in a comparative, multi-jurisdictional tableau. It is recommended for students of the criminal justice system, practitioners, administrators and policy makers who are interested in the system, want an accurate depiction of its current status, and plan to implement reform where needed.

Susan Katzenelson

Visiting Professor, Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy

Good data are critical for us to make informed policy decisions. We welcome Measures for Justice’s work in this area; it makes all the difference for informing useful discussions that can actually create change.

Jeffrey Hall

Chief Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake County, Utah

People often talk about the criminal justice system as if it is a monolithic structure when, in fact, there are as many justice systems as there are counties in America – about 3,000. Nowhere is this revealed more thoroughly than by the Measures for Justice Portal, where county systems can be measured side-by-side on any number of key metrics. This incredibly valuable tool will help local reformers know where they stand, and where they should focus their energies.

Dan Satterberg

King County Prosecuting Attorney, Washington

It’s a considerable understatement to call MFJ thorough and meticulous. At least in my little neck of the local government woods, it’s rare to see MFJ's level of quality and professionalism in data work. It’s exciting to see.

Nate Holton

Deputy Chief of Staff, Milwaukee County Executive’s Office, Wisconsin

Great strides have been made over the past few years in promoting justice system reforms that recognize that past incarceration-driven practices have not always resulted in safer or healthier communities. Yet too often our criminal justice system – and the performance of prosecutors within that system – is judged by overly simplified metrics focused on numbers of indictments, rates of conviction or length of sentences imposed. The new Measures for Justice Data Portal will offer a long overdue opportunity for prosecutors, courts, journalists, and community members to know and understand how justice system practices differ across jurisdictions and how local approaches impact fairness, justice, and public safety. It will provide an invaluable set of metrics that will enable courts, prosecutors and other local leaders to work toward a criminal justice system that promotes safer and healthier communities and a fair and equitable process.

Miriam Aroni Krinsky

Founder and Executive Director, Fair and Just Prosecution

I learned more from two hours of looking at MFJ’s data than I have in nine years of conducting performance analysis myself.

Christian Gossett

District Attorney for Winnebago County, Wisconsin

We are living in a data-driven environment. But when criminal justice systems don’t speak to each other, we are making decisions in a vacuum. We need this Data Portal to really know what’s going on.

Sheriff Susan Benton

Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Florida

We are grateful to have access to MJF’s comprehensive data. Since taking office in January, 2017, we have put many processes and procedures under a microscope, from our charging decisions and sentence recommendations to the success of different diversion programs. We will use MJF’s data to evaluate where we can make changes to best serve our community. Additionally, having access to similar data for neighboring and other comparable districts gives us insight into where we may be statistical outliers, helping us to identify problems so that we may focus on solutions.

Rena J. Frazier

Chief of Policy and Communication, Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, Florida


Measures for Justice would like to acknowledge and thank a few of our partners below for their generous support.

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The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.

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The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s Criminal Justice initiative aims to reduce crime, increase public safety, and ensure the criminal justice system operates as fairly and cost-effectively as possible.

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Supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative to address over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

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We would very much like to thank the following people:

  • Name: Alan VanderMolen
    Title: President, International and WE+
  • Name: Alexandra Holmes
    Title: Research Intern
  • Name: Andrew Warren
    Title: State Attorney 13th Circuit
  • Name: Angela Remus
    Title: Research Intern
  • Name: Aric Cramer
    Title: Criminal Defense Attorney, St. George, UT
  • Name: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Name: Barb Miner
    Title: Director and Superior Court Clerk, Department of Judicial Administration
  • Name: Besiki Kutateladze
    Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Florida International University
  • Name: Carey Haughwout
    Title: Public Defender, Palm Beach County
  • Name: Carlos Martinez
    Title: Chief Public Defender (Miami-Dade)
  • Name: Christian Gossett
    Title: District Attorney, Winnebago County
  • Name: Dan Satterberg
    Title: King County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Name: Daniel F. Wilhelm
    Title: Senior Fellow at Vera Institute of Justice
  • Name: David Markakis
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: David McGee
    Title: Research Intern
  • Name: Deborrah Brodsky
    Title: Director, FSU Project on Accountable Justice
  • Name: Ed Marsico
    Title: District Attorney Dauphin County, FL
  • Name: Edwin Dorsey
    Title: Student Intern, The Harley School
  • Name: Effective
    Title: UX Design
  • Name: Elizabeth Drake
    Title: Sr. Research Associate, WA Institute for Public Policy
  • Name: Ezra Porter
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Henry Honeywood
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Ian Alberg
    Title: Edgewater Partners
  • Name: James Lee
    Title: Partner, the Jackson Hole Group
  • Name: Jane Poore
    Title: Research Consultant
  • Name: Jeffrey Hall
    Title: Chief Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office
  • Name: Jennie Brooks
    Title: Research Consultant
  • Name: Jennifer Loyless
    Title: Program Coordinator Office of the Public Defender Palm Beach County
  • Name: Jerome DeRoy
    Title: CEO, Narrativ
  • Name: Jess Fry
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Jim Kohlenberger
    Title: President, JK Strategies
  • Name: John Chisholm
    Title: District Attorney, Milwaukee County
  • Name: John Hollway
    Title: Associate Dean & Executive Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at Penn Law
  • Name: John Rubin
    Title: UNC School of Government, Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
  • Name: Josh Anes
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Judge Risa Ferman
    Title: Judge of Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, PA
  • Name: Justin Erlich
    Title: Consultant
  • Name: Justina Elmore
    Title: Outreach Librarian, Social Sciences, Outreach, Learning, and Research Services, University of Rochester Library
  • Name: Katherine Bakrania
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Kim Ball
    Title: Director, Justice Programs Office, American University
  • Name: Kurt Klomberg
    Title: District Attorney, Dodge County
  • Name: Lisette (Mimi) McCormick
    Title: Exec. Dir. PA Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness
  • Name: Lizabeth Paige Remrey
    Title: Research Intern
  • Name: Lorien Henry-Wilkins
    Title: Tech advisor
  • Name: Margaret Thurston
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Mason DeLang
    Title: Doctoral Student, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester
  • Name: Matt Dunagan
    Title: Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Florida Sheriffs Association
  • Name: Matthew Justice
    Title: Midnight Hour Films
  • Name: Melba Pearson
    Title: Assistant Chief - Career Criminal/Robbery Unit Miami Dade County
  • Name: Michael Adkinson
    Title: Sheriff - Walton County
  • Name: Minerva Design
    Title: Branding / Design
  • Name: Nate Knauf
    Title: Student Intern, The Harley School
  • Name: Ori Yehezkely
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Paul James
    Title: Chief Public Defender Forsythe County
  • Name: Pedro Vazquez
    Title: Research Intern
  • Name: Riva Yeo
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Ron Gordon
    Title: Executive Director, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • Name: Ronald Wright
    Title: Wake Forest University, Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law
  • Name: Sarah Heiligenthaler
    Title: Undergraduate Student, University of Rochester
  • Name: Stuart Jordan
    Title: Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester
  • Name: Susan Katzenelson
    Title: Former Director, NC Sentencing and Policy Commission
  • Name: Thomas Maher
    Title: Executive Director, NC Office of Indigent Defense Services
  • Name: Tom Reed
    Title: Public Defender, Milwaukee County
  • Name: Troy Rawlings
    Title: Davis County D.A.
  • Name: Pasala Vishnu Tej Mallikupam
    Title: Software Engineering Intern
  • Name: William Cervone
    Title: State Attorney 8th Circuit State Attorney
  • Name: Zena Dorsey
    Title: Consultant
  • Name: Peter Grossman and Lawrence Timmins Charitable Fund