• Unique Partnership Aims to Address Trauma Among Individuals Releasing From Local Jail

    In concert with jail administrators and a local non-profit, researchers are pilot testing a data-driven trauma intervention to help improve outcomes for individuals releasing from jail in Seminole County, Florida.

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  • IJRD Accomplishments to Date!

    Learn about the scope and breadth of the data-driven reforms we are implementing in states across the nation!

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

    ...Which is why our work begins at Day 1 of criminal justice contact. Join us as we launch our new campaign – Day 1 – and help fund a new day for justice.

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  • Help fund a new day for justice

    Support the transformation of criminal justice throughout our country. Every tax-deductible dollar raised supports innovative solutions for disrupting mass incarceration.

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  • Tune in or stream 'College Behind Bars'

    Explore the transformative power of education through the eyes incarcerated men and women earning a college degree from one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs.

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  • A Celebration of Freedom with Alice Marie Johnson

    Dean Jim Clark and Carrie Pettus-Davis joined Alice Johnson in Memphis to celebrate her one-year freedom anniversary after being sentenced to life in prison for a non-violent drug crime. Ms. Johnson recently published her memoir entitled 'After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom.'

    Learn more about 'After Life' here

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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:

Develop individual, family & 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.


when death follows release

This report highlights the reentry period - leaving incarceration and returning home - as the highest risk time for death in a formerly incarcerated individuals’ life.

journal of offender rehabilitation

Over the past decade and a half, substantial resources were poured into the development of prisoner reentry programs.


Findings showed no direct relationship between childhood trauma and reincarceration for women in the sample, although there was a significant mediated relationship from childhood trauma to depression to reincarceration. Results suggest the…