Projects

Projects

Welcome to the Center for Justice Research’s Projects page, where we showcase our ongoing and completed research initiatives. Our projects exemplify our commitment to advancing justice through rigorous, interdisciplinary research that addresses critical issues in the criminal legal system.Each project is carefully designed to tackle specific challenges, ranging from community needs assessments and health disparities to police reform and reentry support. We employ a variety of research methodologies, including quantitative analysis, qualitative inquiry, and community-engaged research, to generate comprehensive and nuanced insights.Collaboration is at the heart of our project work. We partner with a diverse range of stakeholders, including community organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions, to ensure that our research is informed by multiple perspectives and has practical relevance. By fostering these partnerships, we aim to build trust, share knowledge, and develop solutions that are responsive to the needs of communities most impacted by the justice system.Our projects also prioritize attention to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status, recognizing that these factors shape individuals’ experiences with the criminal legal system. We strive to center the voices and experiences of marginalized communities in our research, and to examine how structural inequities and systemic barriers contribute to disparate outcomes. In addition to producing academic publications, our projects generate a range of policy-relevant outputs, such as reports, briefs, and recommendations. We actively disseminate our findings to policymakers, practitioners, and community stakeholders, and engage in dialogue to inform evidence-based reforms.Some of our current and recent projects include:

These projects reflect the breadth and depth of our research agenda, from addressing the unique needs of communities in Chicago to evaluating the impact of prosecutor diversions and police reform efforts. We are also committed to building research capacity and partnerships through initiatives like the HBCU Criminal Justice Research Hub and the Hidden Curriculum Project.We invite you to explore our projects and learn more about our research. If you are interested in collaborating with us or have any questions about our work, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We also encourage you to visit our Academic Publications and Public Scholarship pages to access the outputs of our research.Thank you for your interest in the Center for Justice Research’s projects. We are committed to leveraging research to drive meaningful change and promote a more just, equitable, and humane criminal legal system.