If you believe good public policy needs to be driven by data, the American criminal justice system should be the cautionary tale to prove your point. Over the last half century, the United States has become the world leader in mass incarceration, while showing no corresponding decreases in serious crime. That fact alone should be a wake up call, but a system that is so massive and entrenched in our society doesn’t change easily. Maybe that’s where data can provide a roadmap for solutions.
Last fall, the TEN7 Podcast featured an interview with the Executive Director of Recidiviz, Clementine Jacoby. Recidiviz is a nonprofit organization partnering with states to help their decision makers use data-driven tools to reform the criminal justice system. In the wake of that conversation, it was apparent there was so much more to talk about, so TEN7 and Recidiviz decided to team up on a special podcast series to take a closer look at these issues.
“Meeting the Moment” explores a variety of angles on criminal justice and mass incarceration.
Mass Incarceration: A Uniquely American Problem
How did we get here? What forces drove the United States to become the world leader in incarceration?
These topics are explored through discussions with Recidiviz experts. In addition, each episode is grounded by the story of Tarra Simmons, a state legislator in Washington who spent time in prison and has worked hard to overcome the many obstacles that can prevent people from escaping the criminal justice system. Tarra’s voice leads off each episode, reminding us that this issue is not just about data, it is about human lives and it is about hope.
TEN7’s mission is to “Make Things That Matter,” so working with Recidiviz to take a deep dive into this issue falls in line with our values. We hope you’ll subscribe to our podcast, and that this series will help promote the idea that we can create a better world if we return to the truth that facts matter, and committed partners armed with data can help unlock the answers.