Our Mission

Reduce mass incarceration through targeted, culturally-responsive, evidence-supported solutions and strategic engagements.

What We Do

Research & Data

We use culturally responsive research and data to understand the best approaches to structural, institutional and cultural criminal justice reform. Our research helps us advocate for race, ethnicity and class-based equity within the criminal legal system.

Researcher Development

Minority researchers are necessary for an equitable criminal legal system. Diversifying the justice research workforce allows us to expand our ways of thinking and practice.

Policy Advocacy

CJR is the key driver of racial, ethnic and class equity in the criminal justice system. Beyond research, we advise key stakeholders and policymakers through networking with the research community by bringing academics and industry together.

Strategic Engagement

Collaboration is essential to the reimagination of the criminal justice system. We partner with local, regional, and national stakeholders for input, guidance and feedback on reducing disparities and maintaining public safety.

We have somehow disconnected ourselves from the people. We have made no attempt to encourage their sense of justice.

— Representative Barbara Jordan