Our Research Model

Transformative. Data driven. Solutions based.


  • Translational research emerged as an attempt to fill the gap between researchers and practice.
  • The term originated in the medical field during the 1990s to describe the process of taking basic research through the steps of applying it to clinical research and patient-oriented care.
  • In the field of medicine, translational research has been defined as “the process of applying ideas, insights, and discoveries generated through basic scientific inquiry to the treatment or prevention of human disease”. Instead of human disease we focus on unjust criminal justice practices.  
  • Previous translational research has placed emphasis on taking discovery-based science from the lab to the community.
  • A key feature of translational research is its multifaceted and highly interdisciplinary nature, due to the magnitude of challenges facing such a process

Our Approach

  • For CJR, this model is a mechanism for expanding translational research into a more meaningful endeavor that incorporates the public as stakeholders.
  • The incorporation of justice reform researchers and practitioners into the multidisciplinary teams of translational research also allows for data gathering and monitoring that can be used in the publication of primary literature to direct and guide research at all previous levels, and represents a significant move forward by seeking to actively involve stakeholders from a target population.


  • Getting more people to see the value of science in real justice reform contexts making it more concrete and applied for them.
  • These changes have and will continue to increase awareness and involvement by a broader audience from within the general population through improvements to the dissemination of knowledge in a manner that is closer to home for many people.
  • In effect, we have been able to help reduce disparities and help maintain public safety.