What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

Fast-Tracked

Urban Investigations

Fast-Tracked

¡El poder de prepararse!

Public Access Design

¡El poder de prepararse!

Shifty Business

Public Access Design

Shifty Business

What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

Print Innocent Until Proven Risky

Everyday, nearly half a million people who have only been accused of a crime are held in jail before their trial, mostly because they can’t afford to pay bail. And 70% of them are people of color. One proposed solution to lower the rates of people held in jail pretrial is to use Risk Assessment Tools (RATs), or decision-making tools, to help judges set a person’s pretrial conditions. RATs use demographic information to guess how a person accused of a crime will behave if they’re released from jail before trial. But as RATs are being used more frequently across the country with little transparency, the racial disparities in pretrial detention have not improved, and in some places, have worsened. 

To help communities understand how RATs work and how to organize for alternatives, CUP collaborated with JustLeadershipUSA and designer Katrin Bichler to create Innocent Until Proven Risky. The fold-out poster illustrates how pretrial Risk Assessment Tools work and how they can impact individuals differently based on their race and class. The guide folds out into a poster that explores community-based alternatives to RATs.

JustLeadershipUSA will distribute thousands of posters across the country to community organizers and advocates organizing to end the use of pretrial Risk Assessment Tools. 

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

In the Streets!

Urban Investigations

In the Streets!

Don't Bank On It

Making Policy Public

Don't Bank On It

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

From Shelter to Apartment

Making Policy Public

From Shelter to Apartment

Is There A Pattern?

Urban Investigations

Is There A Pattern?

From Shelter to Apartment

Making Policy Public

From Shelter to Apartment