The Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB) aims to broaden and deepen the understanding and use of cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice. We help practitioners and jurisdictions build their capacity to conduct cost-benefit studies and apply cost-benefit analysis to policymaking. CBKB is a project of the Vera Institute of Justice and is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Who We Are
CBKB is staffed by the Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit at the Vera Institute of Justice. Vera combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.
Why this project matters
Few jurisdictions have a sense of the return on investment they are getting from their criminal justice system expenditures. Money is spent and assumptions are made about outcomes—financial and substantive—without much notion of the real costs or benefits incurred. Yet this information is highly relevant to the decisions policymakers need to make. CBKB helps to broaden the knowledge base of practitioners and policymakers about criminal justice cost-benefit analysis, deepen the knowledge and practice in this area, and support practitioners in building their capacity to promote, use, and interpret cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice settings.