Louisville Releases the First Local Report out of the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice

We are pleased to announce the release of the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice’s first report replication by the University of Louisville site! The University of Louisville released the report on April 19, 2018 at the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission. Using data provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department, the report, Tracking Enforcement Rates in Louisville, 2009-2016, examines trends for six enforcement actions: felony arrests; misdemeanor arrests; misdemeanor citations; moving violation arrests; moving violation citations; and bench warrants. The report analyzes these actions by demographic characteristics (age, gender, race/ethnicity) as raw numbers as well as rates.

This is the first report coming out of the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice, an alliance of eight jurisdictions examining trends in the enforcement and disposition of lower-level offenses. The Research Network sites bring together university researchers and local data partners, such as police, corrections, and courts, to help inform criminal justice policy reform.