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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Friday, April 17 2015:

  • Status Offenses: A National Survey, [PDF] Coalition for Juvenile Justice SOS Project. April, 2015. "In 2011 alone, for example, an estimated 116,200 status offense cases were petitioned to juvenile courts nationwide, with 8,800 of these cases involving secure detention."
  • NC Traffic Stops The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April, 2015. (Since 2000, the North Carolina Highway Patrol has been collecting data whenever a police officer stops a motorist, and since 2002, all sizable police departments in the state have done so.)
  • Evidence-Based Practice to Reduce Recidivism: Implications for State Judiciaries, [PDF] National Institute of Corrections. August, 2007. "There is today an enormous body of sophisticated research proving that unlike incarceration, which actually increases offender recidivism, properly designed and operated recidivism-reduction programs can significantly reduce offender recidivism."

Wednesday, April 15 2015:

  • National Gunfire Index [PDF] SST. March, 2015. (All but two of the 28 cities saw reductions in their rates of gunfire.)

Friday, April 10 2015:

  • Not Just a Ferguson Problem: How Traffic Courts Drive Inequality in California, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. March, 2015. "As a result, over four million Californians do not have valid driver’s licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic fines and fees."

Thursday, April 9 2015:

  • U.S. Prison Population Trends: Broad Variation Among States in Recent Years, [PDF] Sentencing Project. March, 2015. "Two-thirds of states (34) have experienced at least a modest decline since 1999, while one-third (16) have had continued rises in their prison populations."
  • Moving Beyond Incarceration for Women in Massachusetts: The Necessity of Bail/Pretrial Reform, [PDF] Wellesley Centers for Women. March, 2015. "Between 2012 and 2014, the number of pretrial women held in the Awaiting Trial Unit (ATU) at MCI-F increased, and overcrowding worsened."

Wednesday, April 8 2015:

Monday, April 6 2015:

  • Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected Findings, [PDF] Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. March, 2015. "The juvenile offender population dropped 14% from 2010 to 2012, to the lowest number since 1975."

Meet us

  • April 22, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Colby College in Waterville Maine to speak about “The Geography of punishment: Reflections on inequity in mass incarceration” at 7pm.
  • April 28, 2015:
    Policy & Communications Associate Bernadette Rabuy will be attending the Smith College Student Government Association’s Hampshire County Criminal Justice Meet and Greet on Tuesday, April 28 from 5-7pm at the Carroll Room at Smith College Campus Center.
  • May 11, 2015:
    Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy will be in NYC for the book launch party for Jason Stanley’s How Propaganda Works at 67 Orange. The party — and the royalties from the book — are to benefit the Prison Policy Initiative.

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  • April 22, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Colby College in Waterville Maine to speak about “The Geography of punishment: Reflections on inequity in mass incarceration” at 7pm.
  • April 28, 2015:
    Policy & Communications Associate Bernadette Rabuy will be attending the Smith College Student Government Association’s Hampshire County Criminal Justice Meet and Greet on Tuesday, April 28 from 5-7pm at the Carroll Room at Smith College Campus Center.
  • May 11, 2015:
    Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy will be in NYC for the book launch party for Jason Stanley’s How Propaganda Works at 67 Orange. The party — and the royalties from the book — are to benefit the Prison Policy Initiative.

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