Public Safety Assessment Archive

Research Report: The Effect of Pretrial Detention on Sentencing

This study, using data from Kentucky, found that defendants who were detained for the entire pretrial period were more likely to be sentenced to jail and prison and for longer periods of time.

Research Report: The Hidden Costs of Pretrial Detention

This study, using data from Kentucky, uncovered strong correlations between the length of time low- and moderate-risk defendants were detained before trial and the likelihood that they would reoffend in both the short and long term.

Research Report: The Impact of Pretrial Supervision

This study, using data from two states, found that moderate- and high-risk defendants who received pretrial supervision were significantly more likely to appear for their day in court than those who were unsupervised, and that long periods of supervision were related to a decrease in new criminal activity.

Research Summary: Public Safety Assessment–Court

This report is a summary of a large-scale, two-year research project focused on the role that data and analytics can play in helping judges determine what risk defendants who have been arrested pose to public safety and whether they should be detained in jail or released prior to trial.

Research Report: Assessing Pretrial Risk without a Defendant Interview

This study, using data from Kentucky, found that a new pretrial risk assessment could be developed to accurately forecast the risk that a defendant, if released pending trial, will commit a new crime or will fail to appear for a court date, without requiring a costly defendant interview.