The Center publishes reports and policy briefs on a variety of criminal justice issues. Our reports generally focus on prosecutorial best practices and reforms that prosecutors should implement in their offices and offer deeper research and analysis of best practices in a given area. Our policy papers offer shorter analysis of a timely criminal justice topic.
Our report, "Establishing Conviction Integrity Programs in Prosecutors' Offices," offers prosecutors a roadmap for establishing conviction integrity programs in their offices. This includes tips for larger and smaller offices for establishing a process for reviewing and vacating convictions, as well as "front-end" reforms that prosecutors should take in the investigation phase that can lessen the likelihood of obtaining a wrongful conviction.
Our report, "Disrupting the Cycle: Reimagining the Prosecutor's Role in Reentry," provides concrete recommendations for reforming prosecutorial practices in order to account for reentry concerns at all phases of the lifecycle of a prosecutor's case. The Report allows prosecutors to think more broadly about their role in protecting public safety and reducing recidivism by encouraging them to consider reentry (and barriers to reentry) at the investigation, charging, and disposition stages of their cases.
Recent Policy Briefs
Our policy brief, "Preventive Detention in New York: From Mainstream to Margin and Back," discusses Governor Cuomo's current proposed bail reforms, including preventive detention, and compares the current debate and policy concerns to the last time New York undertook a revision of its bail practices, in the 1960s. The brief highlights changes and developments in the bail reform sphere--such as the use of algorithms and predictive instruments--and how this might influence or change attitudes toward preventive detention today.