Model & Strategy

Recidiviz is building the technical foundation for a more accountable and self-improving criminal justice system. Our mission is to accelerate progress towards a smaller, fairer criminal justice system. We use modern data infrastructure and thoughtful product design to empower criminal justice agencies to safely and permanently reduce incarceration and improve outcomes.

Recidiviz partners with state and local governments that commit to ambitious, measurable reform goals, for example, cutting recidivism by 20%. To do this, government partners need good, real-time data to get an accurate picture of how their entire criminal justice system is working and tools that specifically target high-leverage behavior changes. Recidiviz builds both this common data platform and the tools on top of it that drive change; the government provides the raw data and the decision-makers who use Recidiviz’s tools.

At a Glance
Founded: 2019
Founder & CEO: Clementine Jacoby
Social Justice
Location of work: Domestic
San Francisco, CA
Turning data into scalable, sustainable justice reform
Meet Clementine Jacoby

Clementine Jacoby started Recidiviz as a side hustle while working full-time at Google, where she was a rising Product Manager. Prior to Google, Clementine worked at OPower, a software company that used data and behavioral economics to help consumers make better decisions about their energy usage. Clementine graduated from Stanford with a degree in Symbolic Systems.


Recidiviz has built an open-source platform to safely and responsibly aggregate, clean, standardize, and link criminal justice data from disparate sources. The platform now handles live data from five states and ~900 counties. Recidiviz signs data-sharing agreements with each state to provide broad, ongoing data access.

Recidiviz’s first product was a web tool that allows corrections leaders to set and track decarceration goals, pinpoint problems, and understand the drivers of prison admissions. In June 2020, Recidiviz launched reports geared at nudging the decision-making of parole and probation officers, who supervise ~4.5 million people nationwide.

During Covid-19, Recidiviz worked with 34 states to reduce the impact of the virus on incarcerated populations and staff. The states that worked with Recidiviz reduced incarceration at 3x the rate of the states that didn’t, resulting in 37,000 early releases from prison.