Questions We’re Asking
The first step in finding the best solutions is asking the right questions. Together with our partners and funders, we make sure we’re in a position to answer the questions that matter most to policymakers and practitioners.
Can we reduce pretrial incarceration without increasing risks to the public?
Why are we asking?
The MDRC Center for Criminal Justice Research works with national and local criminal justice agencies, policymakers, courts, and community-based organizations to improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system and the outcomes of individuals involved in it. One focus of the center is studying reforms in the court processes that are used to decide whether people charged with a crime will be detained in jail while awaiting trial.