• 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!

  • Going Back to Jail Without Committing a Crime

    In our newest quarterly report, we demonstrate the complexity of the recidivism construct by examining the circumstances of re-arrest for 5-Key Model study participants who had not engaged in crime.

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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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  • Read our newest research brief designed for policy stakeholders!

    We provide employment and behavioral health results from 5-Key Model study participants to fuel durable policy changes.

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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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  • 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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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.


going back to jail

This report presents data on reasons other than criminal behavior that 5-Key Model study participants report they were re-arrested.

journal of offender rehabilitation

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

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.