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Using Local Data to Reform Traffic Enforcement

Over the past three years, locally embedded community organizations have participated in the Catalyst Grant Program, a collaboration between the Urban Institute and the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative, to carry out projects using data and technology to advance racial equity in the front end of the criminal legal system.

In this webinar, two past grantees from the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) will present work they did with Catalyst funding that leveraged legislative requirements for police departments and pushed for reforms in traffic enforcement policy and practice. These organizations used data, technology, qualitative research, and community engagement to shed light on racial inequities and to push for reforms.



  • Jacob Denney, Associate Director of Research, Vera California
  • Susan Nembhard, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Marie Pryor, Senior Program Manager of Innovation and Community Justice Reform Initiatives, Microsoft
  • Lily Robin, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Paula Sen, Assistant Defender, Police Accountability Unit, Defender Association of Philadelphia


Support for this event is provided by the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

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Urban Institute Speakers
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Senior Research Associate