Criminal Justice

Recidiviz Expansion Will Drive Smart Decarceration

December 2, 2020

Partnership with Charles Koch Institute, Stand Together Ventures will build on organization’s success in lowering recidivism rates and state budget costs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., December 1, 2020 — Today, Recidiviz, a non-profit data analytics platform designed to improve state corrections agencies and reduce recidivism, announced its partnership with the Charles Koch Institute (CKI) and Stand Together Ventures Lab (STVL3) to expand its services to 15 states while improving outcomes for those in the criminal justice system and reducing state budget costs.

“The health risk and budget fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, combined with public outcry for reform, have created an unprecedented need for responsive, data-driven policy in criminal justice,” said Recidiviz Executive Director Clementine Jacoby. “This partnership allows us to equip decision makers with the information they need for a corrections approach that keeps families together and communities healthy while reducing costs.”

At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, Recidiviz quickly developed a tool available for use by any corrections department, free of charge, which projects the infection rates and need for ICU beds in prisons based on different policy decisions. All 50 states downloaded the resource and the 34 states that directly engaged with Recidiviz safely lowered their prison populations three times more than others. But its track record of working with stakeholders to use analytics effectively began much earlier with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR), first in the nation to onboard its criminal justice data onto the Recidiviz platform. Thanks to that decision, DOCR met two of its six main goals for the project well ahead of schedule, including a significant reduction in recidivism, and is trending in the right direction for the remaining four.

Recidiviz then helped launch a public dashboard for DOCR to answer questions about the state’s criminal justice system. Powered by case-level data and updated daily, it provides a new level of transparency to researchers, policymakers and the public.

“Bringing criminal justice data to light, a key element of this partnership, will spark conversations about how to improve our criminal justice system,” said CKI Executive Director Derek Johnson. “By working alongside corrections departments, not in opposition to them, Clementine and her team have proven it is possible to make changes that save lives, save money and produce better outcomes.”

To aid Recidiviz in its expansion, STVL3 will leverage the expertise of technology, business and venture capital leaders to strategically explore entry into other criminal justice issues where data-driven approaches can produce better results for all.

“Recidiviz has ushered in considerable change at the state and local levels by bringing a technology-based approach to criminal justice reform that we’re proud to support,” said STVL3 Senior Vice President Kevin Lavelle.

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Recidiviz is a non-profit organization building an analytics platform designed to power data-driven interventions in criminal justice. Learn more at https://www.recidiviz.org/. 

The Charles Koch Institute seeks out and invests in entrepreneurs developing solutions to America’s most pressing problems. Learn more at https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/.

Stand Together Ventures Lab incubates and funds ventures that leverage disruptive business models or unique technology applications with the potential to drive meaningful improvements in society. For inquiries please reach out to schoi@STVenturesLab.com.

 

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