Jail reform can—and should—come in many shapes and sizes

Local decisions and dynamics are contributing to America’s high incarceration rates.

Incarcerated youth deserve a quality education, and many don’t get one

Many incarcerated students receive less instructional time than their peers in traditional public schools.

Guilty verdicts are not enough to restore faith in police

Jason Van Dyke became the first Chicago police officer in 50 years to be found guilty of murder for an on-duty shooting.

Six things we learned from young adults experiencing gun violence in Chicago

Of 345 young adults interviewed, one in three said they had carried a gun—almost all illegally.

How small grants encouraged jail reform at the local level

Local jails admit nearly 11 million people every year, a number that has almost doubled since 1978.

What happens when states defelonize drug possession?

Since 2014, five states have reclassified drug possession offenses from a felony to a misdemeanor.

What we learned from forecasting state prison populations

Urban Institute’s Prison Population Forecaster shows how policy changes could impact racial disparities, costs, and the size of prison populations.

How do prosecutors collect and use data in decisionmaking?

Prosecutors may be missing information that could help them identify trends and set safety and justice goals.

By eliminating cash bail, California could exacerbate inequities in the justice system

Local courts will decide whether to release defendants based on algorithms created by the courts in each jurisdiction.

Poor job opportunities are a problem both in and out of prison

Incarcerated people around the country are refusing to work or eat in protest of low wages in America’s prisons.