Jail Research & Policy Institute
Guiding data-driven policy recommendations for the fair and effective functioning of local jails.
The mission of the Jail Research & Policy Institute is to promote fair and effective policy and practice through research and evaluation. In partnership with key stakeholders, we address the many challenges facing local jails and the populations they serve. This includes research related to pretrial justice practices, racial disparities, the treatment of inmates with mental health and substance use needs, issues related to jail overcrowding, and factors contributing to jail recidivism, among other topics. In addition, we are experienced in jail population forecasting, risk assessments, and program evaluations. Jails have been largely neglected in academic research, however, the institute aims to address this gap through rigorous, policy-related research and evaluation.
- Florida Sheriff’s Association
- Leon County Sheriff’s Office
- Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission
- Review of the State of Jail Research in America 2019
- A Validation of the Palm Beach County Jail Risk Assessment Instrument for the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission 2016 – 2019
- Evidence-Based Policy Planning for the Leon County Detention Center: Population Trends and Forecasts 2017
- Evaluation of the Palm Beach County Family Drug Court 2013
- Broward County Jail Forecast, Risk Assessment Evaluation, and Cost-Benefit Analysis 2009 – 2010
DIRECTOR | Jennifer E. Copp, Ph.D.
CO- DIRECTOR | Thomas G. Blomberg, Ph.D.
FACULTY AFFILIATE | William D. Bales, Ph.D.