Crime and Justice

Data on crime trends, policing practices, court services, people incarcerated in the County’s jail, and youth in the juvenile justice system.
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Safety and Justice Challenge: Reports from Allegheny County

Allegheny County was awarded a grant to reduce the Jail population by 20%. This series of annual reports describes the first 3 years of the project.

Improving Crisis Prevention and Response

Researchers and public representatives met to address challenges that persist throughout our crisis system. They developed a set of 16 recommendations.

Calculating Unit Costs: A Resource for Justice System Decision-Making and Policy Analysis

Allegheny County completed a cost analysis of parts of the criminal justice system, including the cost of an arrest, the cost per day of incarceration, and the cost per day of probation supervision.

Allegheny County Jail Population Decreases During COVID-19

During the pandemic, the Allegheny County Jail released eligible older and health-compromised individuals and low-risk individuals awaiting trial. This data brief explores the decrease of the Jail population and the recidivism of people who were released.

A graph showing the number of incidents and reports between 2015 and 2020. 2017 was the highest with 750 incidents in the first 6 months.

Use of Force by City of Pittsburgh Police

The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police tracks each incident in which an officer uses force with a subject. This report describes trends in use of force incidents and information about the circumstances and subjects involved.

A graph showing Allegheny County jail populations since January, 2020.

Population of the Allegheny County Jail: Interactive Dashboard

Data available from 2018 to the present. Updated daily.

Understanding and Addressing Institutionalized Inequity: Disrupting Pathways to Juvenile Justice for Black Youth in Allegheny County

Developed by the Black Girls Equity Alliance, this independent report uses data from several local partners, including the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, to explore racial disproportionality in youth […]

Public Defense at Preliminary Arraignments Associated with Reduced Jail Bookings and Decreased Disparities

In Allegheny County, a preliminary arraignment is a defendant’s first court appearance, during which a judge notifies the defendant of their charges and a bail determination is made. Defendants are […]

Students’ Experiences with the Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems In and Out of School: A Longitudinal Analysis of Pittsburgh Public School Students, 2010–2018

The presence of police officers in schools has become increasingly common since the practice was introduced in the 1950s. While law enforcement in schools may deter criminal behavior, it can […]

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A Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Cross-System Evaluation: Findings and Recommendations

Throughout the United States, people experiencing behavioral health challenges are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and Allegheny County is no exception. To better understand the state of our current […]

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Women in the Allegheny County Criminal Justice System

This report describes women in the Allegheny County criminal justice system with a goal of better understanding the population by exploring their demographics and human services history. The analysis describes […]

Allegheny County Jail Collaborative Annual Report, 2018-2019

The Allegheny County Jail Collaborative is an alliance of government agencies and nonprofit groups dedicated to addressing the needs of people returning to the community after leaving the Allegheny County […]

Arrest Trends in the City of Pittsburgh

Analysis of arrests over time provides valuable insights about a city and its changing crime trends and law enforcement policies. This series of three reports uses data from the City […]

Naloxone Distribution in the Allegheny County Jail to Prevent Overdose: Data Brief

In 2016, the Allegheny County Jail began offering naloxone, a life-saving medication that rapidly reverses opioid overdose, to people exiting the jail. Since then, the jail has distributed over a […]

Allegheny County Jail Collaborative Annual Report, 2017-2018

The Allegheny County Jail Collaborative is a group of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and community members who are committed to improving the transition of people returning to the community […]