The Justice Mapping Center: Changing the Conversation about the Criminal Justice System

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In this podcast with Eric Cadora, the director of the Justice Mapping Center, we explore how understanding spatial phenomena of incarceration radically helped shift the conversation of policy makers and allowed them to not only see concentrations of those who entered prison but also how much it was costing local governments. Cadora characterized these areas from which a high volume of incarcerated individuals came as "million dollar blocks" because officials knew how much it cost per person. In this fascinating discussion listen to how maps helped citizens and policy makers view the criminal justice system. "We translated the person incarceration map into a money map that showed block by block how much the State of New York, for example, was spending to incarcerate people from that block" said Cadora.