The Washington State Institute for Public Policy
The Institute’s mission is to carry out practical, non-partisan research—at legislative direction—on issues of importance to Washington State. The Institute conducts research using its own policy analysts and economists, specialists from universities, and consultants. Institute staff work closely with legislators, legislative and state agency staff, and experts in the field to ensure that studies answer relevant policy questions. It is a world leader in cost-benefit analysis of criminal justice initiatives.
Vera Institute of Justice
The Vera Institute’s Cost Benefit Analysis Unit is developing a national knowledge bank for cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice to help practitioners and policymakers better understand the budgetary impact of criminal justice policy choices.
Justice Policy Institute
The mission of the Justice Policy Institute is to promote effective solutions to social problems and to be dedicated to ending society’s reliance on incarceration.
The Pew Center on the States
Launched in 2006 as an operating project of the Pew Center on the States, the Public Safety Performance Project helps states advance fiscally sound, data-driven sentencing and corrections policies and practices that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control costs. The Project currently collaborates with the Pew Center on the States and five external partners to provide expert, nonpartisan information and assistance to 13 states that want a better return on their public safety investments.
The Real Cost of Prisons
The Real Cost of Prisons Project seeks to broaden and deepen the organizing capacity of prison/justice activists working to end mass incarceration. The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to create popular education materials and other resources which explore the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.
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Right on Crime
The Conservative case for criminal justice reform: Fighting Crime, Prioritizing Victims, and Protecting Taxpayers.
Mainstreaming Methodology for Estimating Costs of Crime
Funded by the European Commission, the MMECC site was designed to extend awareness of the methodology for estimating the cost of crime. On the site you will find an outline of the methodology for estimating the costs of crime and demonstrations of how the resulting estimates can be used for purposes of supporting criminal justice policy analysis.