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Four prosecutors commit to taking a data-driven look at office priorities and policies.

Four prosecutors—Melissa Nelson, State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit (Jacksonville); Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney (Chicago); Andrew Warren, State Attorney for Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit (Tampa); and John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney—partnered with Florida International University and Loyola University Chicago as part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, agreeing to bring transparency to their offices’ decision-making processes and to collect new data that can help them set and meet goals for, among other things, justice, fairness, and accountability. Rebecca Richardson, “Promoting Effective, Just, And Transparent Decision-Making in Prosecution,” Safety + Justice Challenge, December 14, 2018.

In December, the project reported out the results of surveys to measure prevailing perceptions and attitudes in each office.Besiki Kutateladze, Ryan Meldrum, Rebecca Richardson, et al., Prosecutorial Attitudes, Perspectives, and Priorities: Insights from the Inside (New York: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2018). Over the next two years, researchers will follow up by collecting additional data from each office and “formulating prosecutorial performance indicators to track progress toward greater efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness,” including setting benchmarks for office priorities, community engagement, incarceration, and racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes.Kutateladze, et al., “Transparent Decision-Making in Prosecution,” 2018.