DECEMBER 5, 2019

Giving Tuesday lives on!

Please join us for another day spent trying to facilitate criminal justice reform with good data.

Support a Transparent Criminal Justice System
Greetings from the frontline of criminal justice data acquisition, processing, and sharing for good. We're doing so much work, there's not a whole lot of time left for a newsletter. But here we are, with a roundup of the latest:

Prosecutors across the country have been committing to greater data transparency.

To help bolster their effort, we've partnered with Yolo County, CA, District Attorney, Jeff Reisig, to design and build for his office the first Community Transparency Portal (CTP). A outward-facing data tool, the Portal will invite the Yolo community to engage the D.A. on the same set of facts, to track progress on various strategic initiatives via monthly data and yearly measures designed by MFJ, and to benchmark the office's progress against its own set of goals. 

MFJ will design the CTP with the D.A.'s office and the Yolo community to ensure it is another point of dialogue between the office and its constituency.


MFJ has set up a new Policing Council, a senior advisory group comprised of some of the most experienced minds in the area of policing in the United States.

We are thrilled and grateful to have such a powerhouse working on policing measures. The MFJ Policing Council provides guidance on the integration of policing measures into MFJ's Data Portal. Current Policing Council members include:

  • Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston Police Department (TX)
  • Jim Burch, President, National Police Foundation
  • Sylvia Moir, Chief of Police, Tempe Police Department (AZ)
  • Abdul D. Pridgen, Chief of Police, Seaside Police Department (CA)
  • Laurie Robinson, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University
  • Luther Reynolds, Chief of Police, Charleston Police Department (SC)
  • Dennis Rosenbaum, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Wesley Skogan, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
  • Sean Smoot, Director and Chief Counsel, Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois, and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee
  • Henry "Hank" Stawinski, Chief of Police, Prince George's County Police Department
  • Darrel Stephens, former Chief of Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (NC), and former Executive Director, Major Cities Chiefs Association
  • Perry Tarrant, former Assistant Chief of Special Operations, Seattle Police Department (WA), and former National President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • Clarence Wardell III, Director of City Solutions, Results for America

In partnership with the Council of State Governments, MFJ was awarded the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Data-Led Governing Grant

MFJ will help develop criminal justice data standards related to data collection, technical specifications, and outcomes across areas of criminal justice practice as part of a grant awarded by BJA to a larger partnership lead by the Council of State Governments.

Finally, a look ahead to 2020, when MFJ will release fourteen states' worth of data, and update our first six, bringing our total to twenty

The biggest and most comprehensive county-level criminal justice database in the country. 

So, these are just some of the projects we've been focused on lately—none of which could have happened without you. Please know that we're very grateful to be doing this work, and to all of you for helping us out. 

Happy Holidays, everyone. Hold your people close— 

the MFJ Team
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