Research Briefs

Welcome to the Center for Justice Research’s Research Briefs page, where we present concise, accessible summaries of our latest findings and analyses. Our research briefs are designed to distill complex ideas and data into clear, actionable insights that can inform policy debates, guide practitioner decision-making, and enhance public understanding of critical criminal justice issues. As a research center committed to advancing justice through rigorous, interdisciplinary scholarship, we recognize the importance of translating our work for a wide range of audiences. Our research briefs serve as a bridge between the academic world and the public sphere, ensuring that our findings are readily available to those who can use them to drive meaningful change.

Each research brief represents a collaborative effort between our scholars and our communications team, who work together to identify key takeaways, illustrate important trends and patterns, and contextualize our research within the broader landscape of criminal justice reform. By presenting our findings in a visually engaging and easy-to-understand format, we aim to maximize the impact and reach of our work.Our research briefs cover a wide range of topics related to criminal justice, from policing practices and community relations to court processes, sentencing outcomes, correctional systems, and reentry.

We also explore the ways in which criminal justice issues intersect with other policy domains, such as housing, healthcare, education, and employment, and identify opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and http://reform.In addition to showcasing our own research, our briefs also synthesize key findings and developments from the broader field of criminal justice scholarship, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date resource for policymakers, practitioners, and the public.We invite you to explore our research briefs and share them with your networks. If you have questions or feedback, or if you are interested in partnering with the Center for Justice Research, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We also encourage you to visit our Reports, Working Papers, and Impact Stories pages to learn more about our ongoing research and its real-world applications.Thank you for your interest in the Center for Justice Research’s research briefs. We hope that these resources will inform and inspire your own efforts to build a more just, equitable, and evidence-based criminal justice system.

An Examination of Racial Disparity in Police Hiring Practices

America has a powerful, underutilized and often ignored workforce whose employment would be a powerful force in dismantling systemic racism.

Driving Change: Rethinking Minor Traffic Stops to Advance Equity and Efficiency

This research brief addresses pretextual stops disproportionately affecting marginalized communities and highlights the implications of these stops on public safety, trust in law enforcement, and civil rights.

Officer Involved Shooting

Police use of force has been a topic of debate for decades. While some argue that police use of force is necessary to maintain law and order...

No-Knock Warrants

Adopting legislation to restrict or ban the use of no-knock warrants is a crucial step towards ensuring police accountability and protecting citizen’s

Education and Training

Police officers require ongoing education and training to promote professionalism, cultural sensitivity, and ethical behavior, leading to..

National Police Misconduct Database

A centralized database of police misconduct records is crucial to increase transparency and accountability in law enforcement and prevent repeated

Civilian Review Boards

Civilian review boards provide independent oversight to ensure accountability and transparency in policing.

Duty to Intervene

Empowering and mandating law enforcement officers to intervene in instances of excessive use of force by their colleagues is a crucial step towards promoting accountability and improving public trust in the police.

Reallocation of Police Funds

Redirecting police funding towards community-based programs and services promotes public safety while addressing systemic issues in policing.

Redefining Qualified Immunity

Reforming qualified immunity to hold police officers accountable for excessive use of force and misconduct is crucial for promoting justice and restoring trust in law enforcement.

Banning Chokeholds

Solutions for eliminating dangerous and unnecessary police chokeholds and promoting safer, more humane law enforcement practices.