Assistant US Attorney General Laurie Robinson has created a new website,, dedicated to helping visitors sift through the research on what works in criminal justice reform. Here's how the Justice Department describes the site: is intended to be a central, reliable, and credible resource to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. The site includes information on over 125 justice-related programs and assigns “evidence ratings” -- effective, promising or no effects -- to indicate whether there is evidence from research that a program achieves its goals.

This is an exciting development for the field. It is even more exciting from a parochial, Center for Court Innovation perspective because several of the programs that the Justice Department chose to highlight as effective are programs that we had a hand in either creating or evaluating: drug courts in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Suffolk County.

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