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Dear Friends:

We're watching all of this unfold with the same mix of concern and sorrow as you are. We're seeing sick people overwhelm the healthcare system and economic disparity come into even clearer focus. We're seeing how the absence of testing data is hampering plans to contain the coronavirus and we're seeing a lot of confusion as a result. The reminder for us is clear and urgent: Data are the way forward. They are dispassionate and inarguable. So we're doubling down on our work to make criminal justice data available and actionable so that when this crisis is over, we're in a better position to tackle all the same problems—and the new ones—the coronavirus has left in its wake. 

Before we sign off, we are grateful to all the people in the health care system who are on the front lines—making hard calls and risking their lives. There are not enough words of gratitude. Please stay safe. And keep in touch. We hope our updates below give you hope that systems can change given good, clear, and actionable data.
 
Our News:  
The Nation's Biggest Vendor of
Prosecutor Data Teams up with MFJ 
We could not be more thrilled to announce our new partnership with the Karpel Foundation, overseer of PROSECUTORbyKarpel, which is the most widely used case management software for prosecutors in the United States with over 10,000 users. The partnership will facilitate MFJ’s access to accurate data from hundreds of prosecutor offices to support 17 measures designed to track local criminal justice performance. The measures were vetted by multiple prosecutors from several states across the country and endorsed by the Karpel Foundation Board and the Data Collection Committee of the California District Attorneys Association. They will be available on MFJ's Portal and on any participating prosecutor's website.
MFJ Adds Two New States to Data Portal:
Arizona and Missour
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With the addition of Arizona and Missouri, MFJ now has data from over 500 counties from all over the country. Findings in these states sustain the value of cross-county comparison:

For instance:
Check out our findings and come back soon for updated data.

Until then, a piece on our AZ data in the Eastern Arizona Courier. 

MFJ's work in AZ and MO was completed with generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, which seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
Community Transparency Portal Pilot Underway with Yolo County, CA, District Attorney
Empowering D.A.s and the community to organize around a common set of facts is an enticing proposition for Yolo County, CA, where MFJ is piloting its first Community Transparency Portal.
 

CTP Features Include:
 

1. Curated & Visualized Data

The CTP will let Prosecutors share specific data points with their communities, update those data automatically on a regular basis, and visualize historic trends with breakdowns on demographics. 


2. Highlighted Goals and Key Initiatives

The CTP will call out and track progress on a Prosecutor’s signature goal or criminal justice performance priorities, which will hold the prosecutor accountable for her choices and progress and to a high degree of transparency.


3. Context

As part of fostering dialogue and trust, the CTP will allow prosecutors to comment on the data--to explain what’s going on from their point of view, as part of an effort to engage with the community’s point of view. 

Are you interested in a CTP for your office? Contact us! 
Keep coming back to our Portal as we release twelve new states' worth of data on what is now the biggest and most comprehensive county-level criminal justice database in the country. 

That's all for now. As always, thank you so much for your support and generous investment in making good criminal justice data an integral part of system reform.

We hope all of you stay healthy and safe out there. 


Warmly, 
the MFJ Team
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