Who Makes Bail?

Urban Investigations

Who Makes Bail?

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Blunt Conversations

Urban Investigations

Blunt Conversations

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Making Policy Public

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

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. 

Making Change

City Studies

Making Change

Zoning It In...

Urban Investigations

Zoning It In...

The Fresh Producers

Urban Investigations

The Fresh Producers

The Public School Avengers

Urban Investigations

The Public School Avengers

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Making Policy Public

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

The Cargo Chain

Making Policy Public

The Cargo Chain