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
Recidiviz
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.

IMPACT

In its first year, Recidiviz has built an extensible, 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 has launched its first two products: 1) a web tool for state corrections leaders to set and track decarceration goals, pinpoint problems, understand the drivers of prison admissions, and identify outliers and 2) alerts designed to nudge the decision-making of parole and probation officers, who supervise ~4.5 million people nationwide.

During Covid, Recidiviz helped over 30 state corrections departments model the potential impact of the virus on their incarcerated population and staff and advocate for changes to avert forecasted outbreaks and deaths. The states they worked with released almost 40,000 people early, a rate 3x higher than states that didn’t use their tools.

  • RT @FICGN: @RecidivizOrg is hiring a State Engagement Manager, responsible for partnering with state criminal justice agencies to achieve g…
  • A new report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (@theNASEM) recommends reducing the s… https://t.co/Y5nwJ2YeWe
  • RT @FICGN: @RecidivizOrg is hiring a Data Analyst to assess areas of opportunity and impact in the way justice systems currently operate. P…
  • RT @MeganQbaum: I am so energized after hosing the launch of our new #JusticeCounts initiative! With our 21 partner orgs, we are undertakin…
  • A paper released by @CouncilonCJ last week, co-authored by @RecidivizOrg’s @TilleyKY, highlights COVID-19’s impact… https://t.co/zwn4Ip7g07
  • The COVID-19 infection rate for incarcerated people last month reached >4x that of the general population. This wee… https://t.co/6632yfUujo
  • At the ballot box this past Tuesday, voters approved initiatives to expand voting rights and curtail drug criminali… https://t.co/xqoX0eo2DB
  • RT @TEN7: Using recidivism as a metric for success of the prison system has issues, says podcast guest Clementine Jacoby. Her nonprofit, @R…
  • Interested in building technology for social justice? Interested in solving a complex problem with a world-class te… https://t.co/66RlY87SbD
  • A new report from the @BrennanCenter for Justice at @nyulaw shows that $372 billion in annual US earnings are lost… https://t.co/CrJzfrZBsK
  • New @BJSgov report indicates combined state and federal imprisonment rate (419 per 100K US residents) is lowest sin… https://t.co/x8KmwA7TBC
  • New @JAMA_current report finds that exposure to restrictive housing (solitary confinement) is associated with highe… https://t.co/UYcVrNmxBg
  • RT @GLG: We had an inspiring session with our exceptional new class of #GLGImpact Fellows this week, learning more about their life-saving…
  • We are now displaying how the ND supervision and incarceration populations have changed over the last 20 years on o… https://t.co/g0RcA9OXaG
  • Excited to be a part of GLG's 2020 class of Social Impact Fellows, joining eight other organizations at the frontli… https://t.co/RNMIZfm2PJ