Supporting the Nation's Judicial System & the Public it Serves

Disparities in Justice

SJI supports research and data-driven approaches that examine statutory requirements, policies, and practices that result in disparities for justice-involved persons. These disparities can be because of inequities in socio-economic, racial, ethnic, gender, age, health, or other factors. In addition to identifying disparities, SJI promotes systemic approaches to reducing disparities.

High Volume Calendars and Racial/Ethnic Data in D.C. Courts

The District of Columbia Courts is conducting an in-depth review of the Courts’ high-volume landlord and tenant, debt collection and mortgage foreclosure calendars.  The National Center for State Courts will conduct an independent assessment of these calendars, seeking input from internal and external stakeholders.  The goals of the project are to enhance access and fairness, enhance efficiency, and to eliminate any practices which may contribute to racial inequity.  The NCSC will review existing rules, business practices and services available to litigants on these calendars and conduct surveys and focus groups of litigants, members of the public, bar members, institutional partners and other external stakeholders, as well as judges and court staff, to gather information. The study will include a demographic analysis using litigant addresses and Census block-level data to develop a profile of the litigants who have cases on these calendars.