Jane Roh, 215–686–8711, Jane.Roh@phila.gov
PHILADELPHIA (March 25, 2021) — The District Lawyer’s Transparency Analytics (DATA) Lab can be sharing analysis and coverage studies, together with grant funding sources, on the DATA Lab public dashboard to advertise better collaboration with teachers and legislation enforcement companions: DATA.PhilaDAO.com/Research. These collaborations present extra details about the prison justice system, which has a protracted historical past of hiding from public and educational scrutiny.
District Attorney Larry Krasner created the DATA Lab in 2019 with grant funding to boost transparency and accountability for the District Lawyer’s Workplace (DAO) and the Philadelphia prison authorized system. The DATA Dashboard, which updates crime incident, arrest, and charging data every day, was created to help understanding of the Philadelphia prison justice system amongst journalists, legislation enforcement companions, teachers, and the general public at massive. The DATA Dashboard additionally releases data on homicides, non-fatal shootings, commercial burglaries, and property offenses each month.
“Notion just isn’t actuality. Actuality is actuality. We have to know and scientifically measure the reality to repair our damaged prison justice system,” District Lawyer Krasner stated. “This administration acknowledges that ineffective prosecution, ineffective policing, insufficient service to victims and survivors, mass incarceration, and over-supervision have harmed everybody not directly or straight, however particularly Black and brown and poor Philadelphians. I’m pleased with the analysis partnerships the DAO’s grant-funded DATA Lab has established with high educational establishments and foundations as we proceed constructing a mannequin for transparency and accountability that could be of assist to different prosecutors’ places of work. The following step is to be humble sufficient to go the place actuality and fact lead us.”
Present DAO DATA Lab analysis companions embody Temple College, the College of Pennsylvania, and the Prosecutorial Performance Indicators Network. Analysis is funded by organizations together with Arnold Ventures and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
The DAO DATA Lab analysis portal is accessible to the general public, and discloses grant-funded partnerships together with printed research on DAO insurance policies and practices similar to resentencing of juvenile lifers, pre-trial and bail reforms, and criminal legal system interactions preceding fatal overdoses. Ongoing analysis that can be shared sooner or later by way of deliberate publication embody research of the impacts of police physique worn cameras on prosecutorial outcomes; using choose misdemeanor offenses amongst individuals with severe psychological sickness; and the impacts of computerized sealing of instances on recidivism and financial outcomes.
“Our Penn analysis crew and the DAO have developed a productive analysis program learning bail reform, gun prosecution, racial disparities, diversion packages, and prosecutor efficiency creating quite a few alternatives to discover ways to enhance prosecution in Philadelphia and past,” stated Professor Greg Ridgeway, Chair of the Penn Division of Criminology. “This new web page highlighting analysis on the DAO exhibits they’re working with a variety of teachers to assist higher perceive the position of prosecution — it’s a testomony to what’s potential when an workplace is eager about figuring out what works and makes information and its personnel out there to help analysis.”
“This analysis repository is a transparent indicator that the Philadelphia District Lawyer’s Workplace is supporting a variety of necessary prison justice analysis and rapidly changing into a hub for teachers trying to perceive varied features of prosecutorial choice making,” stated Professor Tarika Daftary-Kapur of Montclair State College. “The DAO DATA Lab not solely supported our mission on the resentencing of juvenile lifers in Philly, however has continued to tell our work with launched juvenile lifers in the neighborhood. It’s a pleasure to work with a public workplace that values information transparency and is keen to brazenly share information with researchers.”
The DAO DATA Lab invitations researchers to suggest new research and analysis collaborations to tell understanding amongst policymakers and the general public of the prison authorized system’s impacts on Philadelphians and the town as an entire. Members of the general public might obtain DAO DATA Lab updates, together with new coverage analysis, by signing up right here: tinyurl.com/DAOResearchAlert.
The Philadelphia District Lawyer’s Workplace is the most important prosecutor’s workplace in Pennsylvania, and one of many largest within the nation. It serves the greater than 1.5 million residents of the Metropolis and County of Philadelphia, using 600 legal professionals, detectives, and help workers. The District Lawyer’s Workplace is answerable for prosecution of roughly 40,000 prison instances yearly.