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The New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc. (CJA), is a not-for-profit corporation that provides a variety of criminal justice services under a contract with the City of New York.  In order to perform these functions CJA maintains a computerized database containing arrest and defendant information, and case-processing and court-outcome data.  Within the Agency the Research Department uses this information to assist in the operational work of the organization, and for program-planning purposes both within and outside of CJA.

As part of its information services, the Research Department reports on Agency activity, arrest patterns, arraignment outcomes, and failure-to-appear (FTA) rates in Criminal and Supreme Court.  This information, encompassing the entire range of Agency activities, is presented in our Annual Report series.  The 2015 Annual Report, published in December 2016, presents data through the arraignment appearance for all arrests in 2015.  Post-arraignment data are presented for misdemeanor cases for arrests in 2015 and for felony cases for arrests in 2014 (allowing an additional year for felony cases to reach disposition). CJA’s information services also include providing analysis and technical assistance to the City’s criminal justice policymakers and outside researchers.

CJA’s research agenda covers a broad array of criminal justice policy concerns, ranging from studies of juvenile justice, domestic violence, and alternative-to-incarceration programs to participation in the creation of new City initiatives.  The Department's specialized research projects are designed to evaluate or better inform criminal justice policies.  

Revising CJA’s Release Recommendation System

CJA is currently revising its release recommendation system for adults, which has been in use since 2003.  In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and research organizations outside the Agency, CJA is engaged in an effort 1) to improve the predictive accuracy of the current release recommendation system by using recent data, more advanced statistical methods, and additional predictors of risk, and 2) to develop an alternative release recommendation system that assesses the risk of pretrial failure, including both failure to appear and pretrial re-arrest.  The data are primarily extracted from CJA’s database, supplemented by criminal history data from DCJS.

 

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Recent Reports


   
ATI/ATD Programs

Research Brief No. 42: Reducing Unnecessary Pretrial Detention: CJA's Manhattan Supervised Release Program

Freda F. Solomon, Ph.D., Russell F. Ferri, Ph.D. (2017)
   
CJA Annual Report

Annual Report 2015

(2016)
   
Juveniles

Annual Report on the Adult Court Case Processing of Juvenile Offenders in New York City, January through December 2015

Marian J. Gewirtz (2016)
   
Juveniles

Research Brief No. 41: Post-Disposition Re-Arrests of Juvenile Offenders

Marian J. Gewirtz (2016)