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The Crime and Justice Institute bridges the gap between research and practice with data-driven solutions that drive bold, transformative improvements in criminal and juvenile justice systems.

With a reputation built over many decades for innovative thinking, unbiased issue analysis, and a client-centered approach, we can help your organization achieve better, more cost-effective results for the communities you serve.

Who We Are

CJI is a division of Community Resources for Justice, a 140-year-old nonprofit human services organization headquartered in Boston. The CJI team brings decades of experience developing evidence-based, data-driven policies, managing complex processes with diverse stakeholders, and driving systems-level organizational change. Our energetic staff and network of consultants come from a variety of backgrounds.

Our Approach

We develop strong partnerships with organizations to improve performance and build capacity for lasting change. Our goal is to create an environment of continuous improvement that ensures the sustainability and success of initiatives long after the technical assistance engagement.

We understand that your challenges and systems are too complex for an inflexible approach. We do the work to understand your goals, assess your strengths and needs, and develop evidence-based, data-driven recommendations to help you achieve those goals. Our recommendations are informed by the latest research and knowledge of what has worked in other organizations.

What CJI Can Do for You

We work with organizations throughout the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems, from police agencies to courts and community and institutional corrections systems. Our services include:

Our team will suggest assessment tools and processes to help you determine the strengths and developmental needs of your organization as you embark on a change process.

Our work in policy development, education, and analysis in various states across the country has led to significant changes in statutes and policies designed to reduce costs while improving outcomes and safety. We will help you develop evidence-based policies – based on the current research and your system’s data – to improve performance.

We work with you every step of the way to develop a tailored implementation strategy and support implementation.

At CJI, we see training as much more than an event. An effective and thoughtful training process is an essential component of evidence-based system reform for relaying content pertaining to new business practices and supporting organizational change. We offer training on many topics and are able to tailor training processes to your needs. We also offer coaching to ensure skills learned in training are incorporated into daily practice and training-of-trainers to increase your organization’s capacity to conduct ongoing training.

Our research and program evaluation services include study design and implementation and a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. CJI has successfully served as a collaborative research partner and consultant to local criminal justice and community agencies to help prevent and reduce crime.

We work with organizations to select and develop risk assessment tools that fit their population, implement new tools, and ensure fidelity and reliability.

Our team can help you design data collection systems, establish processes to assure the quality of the data, develop performance metrics, and create a data-driven system for continuous quality improvement.

Click here for a downloadable fact sheet on CJI’s work