LJAF partnered with leading criminal justice researchers to develop the tool, which was created using the largest, most diverse set of pretrial records ever assembled – 1.5 million cases from approximately 300 jurisdictions across the United States. Researchers analyzed the data and the isolated factors that most often exist for defendants who commit a new crime, commit a violent crime, or fail to return to court if released before trial.
There is significant momentum here in Cleveland and throughout the County for meaningful and effective criminal justice reforms, and we are proud that the Public Safety Assessment can play a part in making the system more just,” LJAF Vice President of Criminal Justice Matt Alsdorf said. “Unnecessary pretrial detentions put a major strain on local budgets and have an enormous impact on defendants’ lives. We applaud Judge Adrine, local officials, and community stakeholders who have all come together to help advance pretrial reform.”
LJAF is making the PSA available for free to the Cleveland Municipal Court and all other jurisdictions that are implementing the tool.