The Research & Evaluation Center

We are an applied research organization and part of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. We provide members of the academic community with opportunities to respond to the research needs of justice practitioners in the city, New York State, and the nation. The Center works on a variety of projects designed to discover, test, and improve programs and policies related to the justice system. At any given time, the Center may be involved in five to ten individual projects across the country. In recent years, our work has taken us to California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee among other states as well as Belize, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

Introductory Video

Staff members are currently collaborating with the Center for Court Innovation with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate the Cure Violence model of violence reduction. Since 2010, researchers in the REC have been working with Temple University to study the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program (CBVP). The Department of Justice also asked the Center  to assess the implementation of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, an effort initiated by the White House that brings together the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Education, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy to support the development of more effective youth violence prevention strategies in ten U.S. cities.

The director of the Research & Evaluation Center is Dr. Jeffrey A. Butts. As part of John Jay College, the Center operates under the supervision of the Office for the Advancement of Research (OAR).