Reducing Incarceration in St. Louis
In recent years, the City of St. Louis has seen a strong popular and political interest in criminal justice reform. However, the lack of quality and timely access to criminal justice data has been an obstacle to crafting intelligent policies to effect such reform. Over the past year, SCPL developed dashboards that describe the city’s current and historical jail population. This tool allows officials in the city’s Corrections Division to find immediate answers to questions that would have previously been difficult. In addition, by making this information public, the city and the public can have a more substantive conversation about corrections in St. Louis, such as closing the older jail facility in the city.