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Our mission at the Institute for Justice Research and Development is to advance science, policy, and practice to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities impacted by criminal justice system involvement.
The movement from mass incarceration toward smart decarceration has the potential to produce effective, sustainable, and equitable criminal justice reforms.
The Institute for Justice Research and Development was created to maximize the potential for change.
We work to achieve three goals:
We form teams of researchers, private and public sector professionals, students, and people with histories of criminal justice involvement to maximize solution finding.
We conduct rigorous research in real world settings in collaboration with government, business, academic,and nonprofit partners.
We build on a foundation of nearly two decades of faculty research and apply scientific discovery to technological advances that have yet to be fully pursued in criminal justice related policy or practice.
We prioritize rapid dissemination of research findings to the advocates, professionals, and policymakers who can adopt them rather than limiting the communication of our findings to academic audiences.
This report describes the inner workings and early discoveries of participants and researchers in a groundbreaking longitudinal study currently occurring in four states, 50 prisons, 12 urban and rural counties with more than 1800 people enrolled…
The Reentry Well-Being Assessment Tool (RWAT) is an innovative practice tool to systematically guide individualized assignment into reentry program services based on a participant’s changing needs during the transition from prison to the…