OTT TV- The Urban Institute: Using Data to Reform the Criminal Justice System

14 December 2016
Nancy La Vigne, from the Urban Institute, talks to On Think Tanks TV on the importance of data and research to inform and reform incarceration policies.

“The more criminal justice actors and stakeholders look at data and evidence, the less punitive we will be as a country.” Nancy G. La Vigne, Director of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

What are the social costs of incarceration? How has the federal system grown in the last few decades? Why are people serving longer sentences than before? In this new episode of On Think Tanks TV, we talk to Nancy La Vigne from the Urban Institute on the importance of using data and research to shape incarceration policies. Nancy shares with us their role in staffing and helping guide the Colson Task Force in its deliberations to develop recommendations to reduce the size and growth of the federal correction system.