Eric Cadora has worked for criminal justice reform for 30 years. He has served as a justice reform strategist and information technology consultant to government, research institutes, and social purpose advocacy groups in pursuit of data-driven solutions to criminal and social justice challenges. Over that time, Cadora has authored the Million Dollar Blocks and Justice Reinvestment Initiatives, and launched the Justice Atlas and Justice Audit data sites.
Project partners have included the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ford Foundation, the Urban Institute, the ACLU, NAACP, Children’s Defense Fund, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation's Spatial Information Design Lab, the Council of State Governments, the JFA Institute, and dozens of state departments of corrections across the country. In international projects, Cadora has partnered with Penal Reform International and works closely with the Governance and Justice Group.
In addition to founding and directing the Justice Mapping consultancy, Cadora directed research at the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, served as Grants Officer at the Open Society Foundation, and for 14 years, helped steer policy and program development at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Education Services.
Charles Swartz is VP, Technology at SimplyAnalytics, a leading provider of analytics, data visualization, spatial analysis, and GIS software to educational institutions, non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies. Swartz has a been a close partner of Justice Mapping for over 15 years, where he creates maps and conducts spatial and statistical analyses of criminal justice and socio-economic data.
Prior to his work with Justice Mapping, Swartz was a Geographic Information System Researcher at The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) where he mapped and analyzed data from corrections agencies throughout the country, including the NYC Department of Probation, NYC Department of Correction, NYC Department of Juvenile Justice, NYS Division of Parole, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Since 2012, Cadora and Swartz have worked in close partnership with the international criminal justice reform organization, the Governance & Justice Group (GJG) on advancing data-driven policy reform through the Justice Audit initiative. Led by Adam Stapleton and Kathryn English, and chaired by the founding Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Judge Johann Kriegler, the Governance & Justice Group works to advance the protection of human rights under the rule of law.
Conceived by Stapleton and English, the Justice Audit is designed to strengthen the capacity of government to use data from across the spectrum of the criminal justice system, as well as citizen surveys and practitioner interviews to identify and coordinate policy reforms that better serve their constituents.