• Learn how our work at IJRD promotes racial and economic equity

    One of our primary goals at IJRD is to achieve racial and economic equity throughout the criminal justice system - read about the steps we take every day to reach this goal.

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  • Read our Newest Research Brief Designed for Policy Stakeholders!

    We describe opioid use among 5-Key Model study participants leaving prison in Florida and returning home. We include recommendations for durable policy changes to help individuals who use opioids to thrive.

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  • New Report on Trauma and Loss During Reentry Released!

    Explore how trauma and loss are experienced by individuals after they leave prison and return home, complicating an often already stressful and chaotic transition period.

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  • SOLD OUT! Join the dialogue about Social Work and the Future of Policing 6/30 @2pm EST

    Join Carrie Pettus-Davis and other experts to learn how Social Work is engaged in efforts to develop equitable systems. The event is SOLD OUT, but we will post a recording ASAP!

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  • Fund a new day for justice

    Support the transformation of criminal justice throughout our country. One dollar supports innovative solutions for disrupting mass incarceration.

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  • Learn about our recent National Scientific Advisory Committee meeting!

    We convened our National Scientific Advisory Committee to adapt our science, identify innovations, and implement solutions across all of our ongoing research projects! Click here to read a one-page takeaway of the content of our meeting!

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  • Responding to the Spread of Coronavirus

    Learn how we are generating knowledge to help us improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals and their families

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  • Update on the Promote Smart Decarceration Grand Challenge!

    Philiipe Copeland and Pajarita Charles have been named co-leads of the Promote Smart Decarceration Grand Challenge! Click to learn more and get involved!

  • Someone is incarcerated every 3 seconds in America...

    ...Which is why our work begins at Day 1 of criminal justice contact. Every dollar raised funds a new day for justice. Donate $1 today!

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Prioritizing the rapid dissemination of research findings to advocates, professionals, and policymakers. 

Our mission 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:

Promote racial and economic equity

Change conventional criminal justice outcomes

Develop individual, family & community well-being

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.


trauma during reentry

This report presents data about the extremely stressful life events experienced by study participants in the 8 months after they left incarceration and returned home.


This chapter presents key themes that have emerged during Phase 1 of the 5-Key Model study, currently being implemented in Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas.


Results from a cluster analysis identified four unique childhood polyvictimization: Low Victimization, High Witnessing Violence, High Sexual Abuse, and Severe Polyvictimization.

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