Rule of Law Indicator Instruments Literature Review A Report to the Steering Committee of the United Nations Rule of Law Indicators Project


Strengthening the rule of law depends on being able to capture progress and identify setbacks in this crucial area of governance and public life. Over the past several years, performance indicators measuring aspects of the rule of law that range from fair elections to judicial independence to the integrity and accountability of law enforcement have been developed and used by dozens of organizations. This paper explains the methods we used to conduct the review and presents the results of our assessment, with a focus on the ways in which existing approaches and tools must be modified and expanded in order to measure the rule of law, and the administration of criminal justice in particular, in post-conflict countries.


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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