Research Clearinghouse:

Beyond producing original research, the Prison Policy Initiative edits several databases to empower activists, journalists, and policymakers to shape effective criminal justice policy. This page contains links to virtually all the empirical criminal justice research available online, organized by category and publication date. If you know what you are looking for, you may also search the database. We also have an email newsletter (at right) for new research clearinghouse updates.


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Tuesday, May 5 2015:

  • Don't I Need A Lawyer? Pretrial Justice and the Right to Counsel at First Judicial Bail Hearing, [PDF] The Constitution Project. March, 2015. "It describes the far-reaching and well-documented adverse effects of denying counsel at the earliest stages of a criminal prosecution, a situation that presents numerous constitutional concerns."

Thursday, April 30 2015:

Tuesday, April 28 2015:

  • The Summons Report: Trends in the Issuance and Disposition of Summonses in New York City, [PDF] John Jay College of Criminal Justice. April, 2015. "Overall, summonses are on the decline. This decline is driven by lower issuance rates among 16-17-year-olds and 18-20-year-olds, mainly for disorderly conduct."

Monday, April 27 2015:

Thursday, April 23 2015:

  • Alternatives to Incarceration in California Public Policy Institute of California. April, 2015. (The evidence suggests that the effectiveness of both incarceration and community-based supervision depends on the rate of incarceration in a community, the offender characteristics, and the response to violations during and after supervision.)
  • Jail Crowding: Understanding Jail Population Dynamics, [PDF] National Institute of Corrections. January, 2002. "Three indicators are available for analysis nationally: serious crime, adult arrests, and county resident population."
  • Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration: High cost, poor outcomes spark shift to alternatives, Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project. April, 2015. "A growing body of research demonstrates that for many juvenile offenders, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities fail to produce better outcomes than alternative sanctions."
  • Prison Crowding: The Long View, with Suggestions, [PDF] Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission. March, 2011. "That puts the prison system 31% over its rated capacity, with about 12,500 more inmates than the prisons were built to hold."

Wednesday, April 22 2015:

  • Above the Law: An Investigation of Civil Asset Forfeiture in California, Drug Policy Alliance. April, 2015. (Asset forfeiture abuses in California reveal the troubling extent to which law enforcement agencies have violated state and federal law.)

Tuesday, April 21 2015:

  • Emancipate the FLSA: Transform the Harsh Economic Reality of Working Inmates, Journal of Civil Rights & Economic Development. 2015. "The Article calls for the application of the FLSA to all working inmates, leading to judicial uniformity, and the redistribution of wealth from the prisons to the working inmates thereby reducing recidivism."
  • The Opportunity Survey: Criminal Justice Findings, [PDF] The Opportunity Agenda. March, 2015. "Sixty percent of the American public believes that the unequal treatment of people who have served a prison sentence is a serious problem."

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