Incarceration Weakens a Community’s Immune System: Mass Incarceration and COVID-19 Cases in Milwaukee.Read more
This report shows preliminary results of a study looking at the effect of mass incarceration on COVID-19 cases at the community level in Milwaukee. Research has shown how incarceration at the community level creates high rates of family disruption, economic and housing instability, and even more crime. We hypothesize that, by damaging social and economic ties, mass incarceration makes the entire community more vulnerable to public health crises. We find that the number of individuals sentenced to incarceration in 2015 is a strong predictor of the number of COVID-19 cases at the census tract level in Milwaukee, above and beyond the effects of minority population, poverty, unemployment, and population not in the labor force.
The Karpel Foundation and Measures for Justice Join Forces to Deliver Valuable and Accurate Data from Prosecutors to the PublicRead more
Measures for Justice (MFJ) and The Karpel Foundation announced a new partnership to pursue more open data sharing and performance measurement for the criminal justice system of America. This collaborative effort will allow the public to access seventeen performance measures designed by MFJ and endorsed by the California District Attorneys Association Data Workgroup and the Karpel Foundation — an important step towards full data transparency.