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The decisions we make amid the coronavirus pandemic will have implications for years to come. We must track these decisions and evaluate their impacts. Measures for Justice is here to help.
In the past weeks, correctional facilities and criminal justice agencies across all 3,100 counties of the United States have been grappling with how the criminal justice system should function, and what responsibilities each stakeholder has to ensure that public safety is upheld while maintaining the due process and human rights of all persons coming into contact with the system.
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We're watching all of this unfold with the same mix of concern and sorrow as you are. We're seeing sick people overwhelm the healthcare system and economic disparity come into even clearer focus. We're seeing how the absence of testing data is hampering plans to contain the coronavirus and we're seeing a lot of confusion as a result. The reminder for us is clear and urgent: Data are the way forward. They are dispassionate and inarguable. So we're doubling down on our work to make criminal justice data available and actionable so that when this crisis is over, we're in a better position to tackle all the same problems—and the new ones—the coronavirus has left in its wake.