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Racial Disparities and Prosecutorial Discretion

Prosecutors play a central role in punishment outcomes and exercise a wide degree of discretion. They do so with little oversight as to the equity and fair treatment of defendants. Drawing on administrative data, case files, and interviews with prosecutors, this project investigates prosecutorial guidelines, evidentiary materials, and other case characteristics to identify the central pathways by which disparities occur.

Reducing Recidivism for Justice-Involved Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

TBI, a serious public health issue, often reduces executive function and impulse control which can increase criminal behavior and make it more difficult to successfully complete probation or parole. Approximately 50% of incarcerated individuals have TBI. This project examines the impact of a screening program that offers training and support for probationers identified with a TBI-related cognitive impairment and the probation officers who supervise them.

Reentry Systems Mapping

Each year, the state of Colorado releases about 9,600 people on parole, many of whom face pressing needs for housing, employment, education, health services, and other stabilization supports as they transition into the community. This project describes the range of available reentry services and provides an overview of the policies that shape them.