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Unlike traditional academic research centers, our approach is anchored in trans-sector innovation. We use this approach because it is clear that the problems in criminal justice cannot be solved solely from within - this has been tried for decades with little progress. Trans-sector innovation uses a problem solving approach that brings various disciplines together to respond to the increasingly connected and complex challenges facing our communities.
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.