A Criminal Justice System Under Stress A Study of the Disposition of Felony Arrests in New York City


Why do so few arrests lead to convictions? In an effort to understand what happens between arrest and disposition, Vera collected data on 2,000 felony arrests during 1971 and conducted in-depth interviews on 400 cases disposed in 1973. The results reveal many insights into the effectiveness of urban criminal courts.


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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021

Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) researchers collected data on the number of people in local jails and state and federal prisons throughout 2020 and into spring 2021. Vera researchers estimated the incarcerated population using a sample of approximately 1,600 jail jurisdictions, 50 states, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service (U ...

  • Jacob Kang-Brown, Chase Montagnet, Jasmine Heiss
June 07, 2021