Amy Bach, President and Executive Director of Measures for Justice, will discuss the work of Measures for Justice, an innovative initiative to create the first-ever set of county-level, public performance measures comparing how local criminal justice systems perform basic legal services.
From arrest to post-conviction, for every county in the United States, Measures for Justice is attempting to create a coherent picture of what is transpiring in the criminal justice system, to draw attention to problem areas, to generate best practices, and to provide an evidence base for reforms. Their measures and analyses will be made freely available, allowing legal professionals, state leaders, advocacy groups, and anyone who has dealt with the justice system to see how well their local justice system is working. These measures and analyses will in turn be used to identify leading practices and to enable county officials to learn from each other.
A journalist and attorney, Amy Bach founded Measures for Justice in April 2011 as a follow-up to her acclaimed book, Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court, which won the 2010 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Amy was a Knight Foundation Journalism Fellow at Yale Law School and is a graduate of Stanford Law School.