L.A. Times Recognizes Need for Data in California's Criminal Justice System
Today, the L.A. Times Editorial Board came out in favor of a more transparent criminal justice system in the state, noting that:
[in California] inadequate numbers and other data leave the public with no idea whether criminal justice reforms or other new laws are working as they were intended, or whether their courts, cops, prosecutors, probation departments and public defenders are working efficiently and effectively.
This is why we've been working so hard in California to collect, process, and make good criminal justice data available to the state. This is why we've been so fortunate to work with the California District Attorney's Association Data Workgroup and prosecutors' offices around the state. And why we're pleased to see AB-1331, Criminal Justice Data head to Governor Newsom's desk. The Bill will help improve the quality of criminal history records and pave the way for courts to share data with researchers.
As a first step, AB-1331 signals the state's blossoming commitment to data transparency, and we look forward to what comes next.
In the meantime, we will continue to work with the courts and county agencies to advance California's data infrastructure and ensure good data can be put to good use for the betterment of a system that affects so many Californians every day.
We're closing the criminal justice data gap. One state at a time.
If you'd like to support MFJ's efforts to close the criminal justice data gap, please get in touch!