Center for Justice Research

Culturally Responsive Research Informing Policy

Who We Are

As a leading criminal justice research center, we are dedicated to advancing evidence-based criminal justice reform and policy solutions. Our interdisciplinary team of criminal justice experts is committed to utilizing proven culturally responsive practices and taking a trauma-informed approach to address the needs of individuals and communities affected by the criminal justice system. In addition to conducting community-informed research, we offer comprehensive training programs for criminal justice practitioners, policymakers, and community members. Our training programs are designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to implement evidence-based practices and policies that promote a more just and equitable criminal justice system.

Our work is informed by a strong sense of social justice and a commitment to advocating for change that advances the cause of criminal justice reform. We collaborate closely with policymakers, practitioners, and community members to ensure that our research has a real-world impact on criminal justice policy and practice. Through our policy engagement efforts, we seek to bridge the gap between research and practice and promote criminal justice policies that are effective, equitable, and just. Whether you’re a policymaker, researcher, practitioner, or community member, we invite you to explore our work and join us in the pursuit of a more just and equitable criminal justice system.



Re-Entry Dashboard

As full re-acclimation into society should be a guaranteed right after serving a debt to society, the Texas Southern University Center for Justice Research, with the support of January Advisors, a data science consulting firm, created this re-entry dashboard, improving improves access to rehabilitative services for the thousands of returning citizens, their families and service providers in the name of criminal desistance and improved public safety.

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The Stats

Between 11% and 15%


Black individuals make up the population of the USA



of victims in police‐involved fatal shootings in 2018


indicates that violent crime rate is associated with the variance in police shootings, food insecurity


 living in a Black neighborhood inversely associated with 16.8% of the variance in police shootings.

Research Highlight

Police shootings, violent crime, race and socio‐economic factors

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Key Takeaways

  • Police shootings were rare (less than 0.2% of arrests) and fatal police shootings were too rare to analyze
  • Higher violent crime rates, food insecurity, and mental health distress were independently associated with more police shootings
  • Socioeconomic factors, not race, were the primary predictors of both violent crime and police shootings
  • Racial disparities in police shootings and crime are intertwined with and likely driven by socioeconomic inequities that disproportionately affect Black communities

Policy Suggestions

  • Addressing systemic inequities through targeted policies and community investment may be key to reducing these issues
  • Policies targeting income inequality, education, school nutrition, and mental health may help reduce violent crime and police violence
  • Comprehensive strategies addressing systemic socioeconomic and racial inequalities are needed to resolve these issues at a community level

This project, Reimagining Public Safety: Community Listening Sessions with Black Community and Black Defenders, introduces a model for public…

Funded by The Joyce Foundation

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The Center for Justice Research health and criminal justice disparities research aims to provide a framework for evidence based solutions for the persistent racial and ethnic disparities…

Mass Incarceration, Residential Segregation and Stillbirth Risks

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At the Center for Justice Research, we recognize that socioeconomic determinants of health make up many of the root causes of crime and are aggravated by interactions with the.

Our mission is to reduce both violent crime and mass incarceration…

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This project is an opportunity to give prosecutors proven solutions to challenges that incarceration have been unable to address while improving legitimacy in the criminal justice system.

Making data-informed prosecution possible

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, community-based efforts to reform policing accelerated across the nation. Most of these efforts, recommended policing reforms in the areas of tactics (e.g., banning chokeholds), training (e.g., de-escalation), oversight (e.g., civilian review), funding (e.g., shifting and/or adding funds to mental health resources) and law (e.g., relaxing qualified immunity).

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This project provides insights into gun possession among young Black men in high-crime urban areas. The researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 357 young Black men aged 15-24 in…

Listening to those most impacted.

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To date, the far-reaching ramifications of unsuccessful re-entry are well documented with an increased likelihood of continued crime, victimization, and a host of emotional, fiscal and societal….

Annually, more than 70,000 people return from Texas prisons, and a million individuals are cycled through Texas jails.

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The Center for Justice Research Development and Training Institute (DTI) was established to address the of lack of culturally- responsive research training and professional development opportunities for tenure-track faculty.

Supported by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

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