Ho ho ho, where did the year go?

Rochester, NY

When you're trying to do something new, something important, it's just work hard or go home.

This year we made huge strides towards making comprehensive criminal justice data collection and sharing the norm. We've developed a method to process a massive amount of data efficiently and effectively. We've worked with counties nationwide to change data culture. We've moved the ball that much closer to full transparency for the criminal justice system. Here are some highlights from the year:

1. Florida signed into law a groundbreaking data-collection bill that mandates uniform and comprehensive data collection. We don't take credit for the bill, but we did help legislators in the state see the extent of their data gap.

2. We wrote about the bill in the New York Times, and since then, several states have come to us saying: how can we get a bill like that going?

3. We are piloting a bill-implementation effort in two counties in Florida.

4. We teamed up with the National Center for State Courts to develop court data standards that will facilitate and accelerate safe access to county-level court data.

5. Amy won the Charles Bronfman Prize for the impact Measures for Justice has had in multiple states across the country.

6. We released "Textricator" at the Code for America Summit. Textricator scrapes tens of thousands of PDFs, reducing the time it takes to extract data from weeks to hours.

6. We have collected data from 19 states and are well on our way to 20 states' worth of data in our Portal in 2020.

So, yes, we're thrilled with the way the year went. And, as always, endlessly grateful to our supporters who make this work possible.

Happy Holidays to you and yours. Hold 'em close, and we'll see you in the New Year.

Our best,


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December 20, 2018

MFJ in the News:

Amy talks data on Connections.

Judge Harlan Grossman calls on California to close its data gap in The Mercury News.

Criminal Justice Data in the News:

One in two adults in America has had a family member in jail or prison .

People of color were more likely to experience the threat or use of force from police than whites.

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