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 @SentencingProj: #BREAKING: More than 200,000 people are serving a sentence of life without parole, life with parole or a virtual life s…
  • RT @emarwell: Honored to help Clementine and other @Recidiviz innovators drive meaningful change in the criminal justice space. #TIME100NEX…
  • Analysis from @SentencingProj shows that at the recent pace of decarceration, it will take nearly 60 years to cut t… https://t.co/OlZElnFg0F
  • The number of people incarcerated in US prisons and jails fell from 2.1m in 2019 to 1.8m by mid-2020, a 21% decline… https://t.co/vc14TpDqWQ
  • RT @ScottEPeyton1: @RightOnCrime & @RecidivizOrg partner on a new report outlining the effects of unemployment for justice-involved indivi…
  • RT @Prison_Health: A unified data layer to help criminal justice leaders drive change. The Recidiviz platform gives leaders a real-time pic…
  • A paper published last month in Labour Economics found that states that opened private prisons saw a 4% increase in… https://t.co/VqWlyAAyL1
  • RT @Prison_Health: Clementine Jacoby is using data to reduce recidivism rates and encourage an equitable criminal justice system through he…
  • A new tool from @CSGJC and @RecidivizOrg helps states model how changes to probation and parole revocations impact… https://t.co/HVbCPQ3KCZ
  • RT @ScottEPeyton1: @RightOnCrime & @RecidivizOrg partner on a new report outlining the effects of unemployment for justice-involved individ…
  • RT @JohnHolbein1: Can you guess what happens when young men are kicked off Medicaid? ... ... ... They are more likely to commit a crime.…
  • RT @freethinkmedia: How many people are in jail? Many states can't answer that simple question. In response, @RecidivizOrg built software…
  • RT @stand_together: The United States incarcerates more people and for longer sentences than any other country in the world. Clementine Jac…
  • RT @prisonfellowshp: “[COVID-19] did not create the problems in our criminal justice system. But it has given us an opportunity to address…
  • RT @IlanGur: An important and under-celebrated COVID silver lining: incarceration has dropped 20% in the past 6 months. So inspired by how…
  • According to the @NYTimes, so many correctional officers have fallen ill with COVID-19 that states are closing corr… https://t.co/tbY4i2VZhN
  • In a recent article, @Poynter discusses the growing use of person-first language to describe justice-involved indiv… https://t.co/UtSsRZ1mlG
  • In identifying the most effective measures to contain COVID and balance public health and public safety,… https://t.co/2JWtxpXaVR