Research to Improve Justice for All


The Research & Evaluation Center (JohnJayREC) is 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. At any given time, the Center is working on several projects designed to discover, test, and improve programs and policies related to the justice system. 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.

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Staff members at JohnJayREC 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. We are also studying the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program (CBVP). The staff also began new projects funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the City of New York’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the National Program Office of Reclaiming Futures.

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).