New York City's bail system - like many across the country - needs to be updated for the 21st century. 

The problem is large gaps in national knowledge, leaving some key questions unanswered. What is the likelihood that a defendant will return to court? What stops someone from re-offending if released? That his (most are male) family put up money? Something else? And if bail is set, what actually motivates him to return to court?

Through a series of novel research projects, we are working to answer some key questions and to build tools that will improve our decisions about release and detention. Click the buttons below for more. 

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