New York criminal justice data in a ‘black box’
A report by a nonprofit that monitors criminal justice information calls out New York State’s mechanisms for data collection and release. Measures for Justice says efforts to put data to use across the state are frequently hampered by:
- Antiquated systems
- Inconsistent practices
- Complicated and expensive request processes
- A degree of partiality that allows data access to some and not others
Without access to information about the ways cases are processed through the system, practitioners, advocates, and researchers in New York State are left unequipped to make decisions necessary for their work, the report states. Moreover, the public is in the dark about basic information pertaining to their local justice system. With heated criminal justice reform debates underway, there is a clear need for data that can speak to system performance.