Demonstration Project for Bail Reform

The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) seeks to enter into negotiations with ideas42, a non-profit behavioral design and consulting firm, in connection with a demonstration project to redesign the presentation of the City’s failure to appear (FTA) pretrial risk assessment instrument and to develop a mechanism for judicial feedback. The City is updating its current failure to appear (FTA) risk assessment instrument, a tool used to evaluate a defendant’s likelihood of returning to court and to guide a judge’s pretrial release and bail decisions. The tool is currently underutilized. The City is interested in increasing the use and effectiveness of this tool in order to reduce unnecessary incarceration and improve overall fairness of the criminal justice system. The demonstration project will last for a period of 15 months. Learn more about the Demonstartion Project for Bail Reform.