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Justice Atlas of Sentencing and Corrections

Justice Atlas of Sentencing and Corrections

The Justice Atlas of Sentencing and Corrections is an online tool for mapping the residential distribution of people involved in the criminal justice system. It uses aggregated address data to map the flow of people being removed to prison, reentering communities from prison, and the standing population concentrations of people under parole or probation supervision. It can be found here.

The Justice Atlas is distinct from crime mapping in that it maps the residential patterns of populations who are admitted to prison and who return to their communities from prison each year; as well as those who are on parole or probation on any typical day.  The maps tell a story of highly concentrated pockets of criminal justice activity which predominate in a few neighborhood in the major cities an certain rural regions of most states.

The Justice Atlas of Sentencing and Corrections is an online tool for mapping the residential distribution of people involved in the criminal justice system. It uses aggregated address data to map the flow of people being removed to prison, reentering communities from prison, and the standing population concentrations of people under parole or probation supervision.

Thematic Maps
Thematic maps reveal the spatial patterns and disproportionate distribution of people under criminal justice custody or supervision at the state, county, municipal, zip code, and census tract levels.

Analytical Data Tables
For each map a series of supporting tables is available which provide additional data variables, such as number of men and number of women under parole supervision.

Supporting Census Charts
And for further context, the Justice Atlas also provides charts of U.S. Census Bureau data about local conditions, such as median household income or percent single parent households.

The Justice Atlas is designed to be updated each year and expanded to include more states, more data, and more analytical themes.

Justice Atlas of Sentencing and Corrections

Justice Mapping Center

Project Team

Eric Cadora and Laura Kurgan: Project Directors

Website Design: Glen Cummings, MTWTF

Website Programming: Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Stewart Smith

Project Contact: ljk33@columbia.edu
Types: Data visualization, Mapping, tagged: justice mapping, gis, mapping, data visualization