Written by Alexandra Wilson
I left Stanford thinking that I would be a professional circus performer,” says 29-year-old Clementine Jacoby, who spent her first post-grad year teaching acrobatics in a Brazilian gang diversion program. But rather than spend more time under the big top, Jacoby decided to cofound a company in 2018 that took a more systemic approach to criminal justice reform. Recidiviz aggregates and standardizes fragmented data across prisons, probation and parole. States like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Missouri rely on the company to identify its unique problems and implement data-driven changes that decrease incarceration.
Jacoby, whose uncle has spent the past two decades cycling through the criminal justice system, has attracted $15 million in funding from the likes of Jim Breyer, Vinod Khosla, Bill Ackman and Ashton Kutcher. “We incarcerate more people and for longer than any country in the history of the world,” says Jacoby. “And right now there’s bipartisan alignment to unwind mass incarceration.”
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