Innovation Research in Deferred Prosecution

Smart Decarceration

This Smart Decarceration Initiative was a two-year research project to advance “deferred prosecution” programs. Deferred prosecution is an innovative but understudied intervention: People charged with certain criminal offenses can be diverted from traditional court proceedings and, if things go well, avoid incarceration. Researchers study how existing deferred prosecution programs were implemented in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and Cook County, Illinois. They also engage potential future adopters of such programs like stakeholders in the City of St. Louis.

Funding Partner: Laura and John Arnold Foundation


Principal Investigators

Carrie Pettus-Davis

CSD Faculty Director; Florida State University
Smart Decarceration: Reversing Mass Imprisonment in America

Matthew Epperson

University of Chicago
Smart Decarceration: Reversing Mass Imprisonment in America


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