“We currently have millions of people incarcerated in jails and prisons in the United States,” said Carrie Pettus-Davis, founder and executive director of (Institute for Justice Research and Development, IJRD). “Right now, we are at a unique moment in history where, as a country, we have the moral will, the fiscal will and the political will to identify data-driven solutions to reduce the number of people who come into the criminal justice system every year and to ensure our communities are healthier and safer because we have better prepared individuals re-entering our communities to be successful.”
Unlike traditional academic research centers, the institute uses a trans-sector approach dedicated to bridging the 17-year implementation gap between scientific discovery and changes to policy and practice. By sharing study results in real time, the institute is radically revisioning the way academic research is conducted and released.
The research will identify effective ways to partner with prosecutors, public defenders and crisis response teams to divert individuals away from conviction and incarceration and toward supporters who promote well-being. The research also will explore the effectiveness of innovative programs offered inside jails and prisons and how to catalyze success for individuals as they return to their homes and communities.
The goals of these programs are to reduce the use of incarceration, help individuals who are suffering and maximize the health and safety of our communities.
Learn more about the innovative work being done at IJRD here.