Piloting and Evaluating Innovations and Interventions

Piloting and Evaluating Innovations and Interventions

LJAF is funding evaluations of existing criminal justice interventions as well as pilot studies of innovative approaches. Such projects include:

Louisville Demonstration Site—LJAF has entered into a multi-year partnership with Louisville, Kentucky, to increase public safety and make the criminal justice system more cost-effective, efficient, and fair. Working together, LJAF and the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission are analyzing data, designing tools, piloting new practices, and testing both small- and large-scale system changes. LJAF will work to bring successful reforms to scale nationally.

HOPE Pretrial—LJAF is working with the Department of Public Safety and the State Judiciary in Hawaii on a two-year pilot for pretrial supervision modeled after Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program. HOPE Pretrial is using the same strategies as HOPE Probation, the high-intensity supervision program that has helped reduce probation violations, re-offense rates, drug use, and the costs of incarceration. Pretrial defendants at an elevated risk of failing to adhere to their conditions of release are closely monitored by a HOPE Pretrial officer and receive immediate, predictable, and graduated sanctions for each violation.

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)—LJAF is funding a University of Washington evaluation of Seattle’s LEAD program, which allows law enforcement officers to divert individuals arrested for low-level, non-violent drug and prostitution crimes to the care of case managers, social workers, and drug treatment officers. The LEAD model differs from the traditional approach in which individuals accused of such offenses are detained and prosecuted.

Code for America—LJAF sponsored fellowships through Code for America (CfA) that brought teams to Louisville and New York City to develop technological solutions for challenges in the front end of the criminal justice system. In Louisville, the CfA fellows developed a jail population management dashboard, which provides access to data on the capacity and current occupancy of the city’s main jail, jail population demographics, bail/bond statistics, bond decision outcomes, and trends in each of these areas over time. In New York City, the fellows developed an application that expedites defendant screening and helps to identify individuals who are eligible for particular services, diversions, or dispositions.