Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office Chosen for Research Project
The goal of the project is to develop more effective prosecutorial practices. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will receive $100,000 to improve its data collection capabilities.
TAMPA – The Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office has been chosen as one of only four prosecutors offices in the nation to take part in a $1.7 million grant-funded project under the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge to study and develop more effective prosecutorial practices.
The grant will fund a two-year project conducted by researchers at Florida International University and Loyola University to examine data and policies to increase effectiveness and fairness
in four districts nationwide: Hillsborough, Chicago, Jacksonville, and Milwaukee. In addition to participating, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will receive $100,000 to improve its data collection capabilities.
“From day one, we have embraced data-driven and evidence-based policies to build a safer community and promote justice and fairness,” Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said. “This partnership will help put Hillsborough County at the forefront of innovation in our criminal justice system.”
Warren is in Miami today (March 20) to meet with the research team and participants to discuss project details and plan. The MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge aims to study and reduce over-incarceration and disparities within the criminal justice system by focusing on how prosecutors can analyze data to improve outcomes and better respond to community needs.
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