• The IJRD Open House was a success!

    A crowd of 100 joined us to learn more about our work and our team; FL Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch headlined the event.

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  • Training at the Intersection of Social Work and Criminal Justice

    Applications are now open for recent and upcoming MSW graduates to join our team as Post-Master's Fellows, engaging in experiential learning opportunities with criminal-justice involved populations.

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  • The Institute for Justice Research and Development

    Critically focused on getting to what works, discovering the "why" and "how" in ways that seek opportunities to safely and quickly apply solutions to communities, and accomplishing our mission without compromising research rigor and integrity.

  • Focusing on Well-Being to Change Lives and Increase Public Safety

    The Institute for Justice Research and Development seeks to re-orient the field of criminal justice to focus on the value and worth of the individual.

  • Integrating Criminal Justice Research into the Classroom

    Our faculty infuse their academic courses with criminal justice content to help train the next generation of workers to facilitate Smart Decarceration.

  • Safe Streets and Second Chances

    Our researchers are currently conducting a multi-state, multi-site trial to test the effectiveness of the innovative 5-Key Model for Reentry in 50 prisons across the nation.

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New Report Released!

The second in a series of quarterly reports describing the inner workings and early discoveries of the 5-Key Model for Reentry was just released. Read the breaking media alert and access the full report here.

Media Alert

In the months after release from prison, individuals face significant stress and anxiety that could affect their ability to successfully reenter society, new data shows. Data also show the anxiety and stress is shared by family members, and can last for months after release.

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The Psychological Toll of Reentry

We invite you to learn about the psychological impact of reentry and how reentry affects individuals and families. Join us as we grapple with the intractable realities of the reentry experience.

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Learn more about the Post-Master's Fellowship

Join Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis and Annie Grier for an informative conversation about the exciting Post-Master’s Fellowship opportunity with the Institute for Justice Research and Development at The Florida State University. They explore what makes this opportunity so unique and how potential Fellows can receive training at the intersection of social work and criminal justice. 

Our Mission

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:

Develop individual and community well-being

Promote racial and economic equality

Change conventional criminal justice outcomes

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.


The Psychological Toll of Reentry: Early Findings from a Multistate Trial

One of the most powerful realities we have learned thus far is how consistently tough – even debilitating – the reentry experience is for most people who leave incarceration.

Promoting Reentry Well-Being: A Novel Assessment Tool for Individualized Service Assignment in Prisoner Reentry Programs

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…

journal of traumatic stress

While it is understood that high rates of trauma exposure are common among incarcerated male populations, there is limited data on the nature of the trauma exposure. This study examined the trauma histories of a randomly selected sample of 67 men…