In 2021, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) engaged the assistance of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JohnJayREC) to support several research and data analytic projects associated with the City’s efforts to improve public safety and the effectiveness of the justice system. John Jay College’s involvement in the NYC Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative was coordinated by the College’s Office for the Advancement of Research and supported by $1.4M provided to the City University of New York (CUNY) and managed by the Research Foundation of CUNY (RF-CUNY), fiscal agent for all research projects housed at CUNY campuses.
City officials asked JohnJayREC staff to collaborate with NORC at the University of Chicago and researchers in other CUNY offices to conduct three distinct research projects:
Project 1: Assessment of Disparities in Justice Processing
Assess disparities in the use and impact of different enforcement tools in New York City, such as warnings, summonses, arrests, and desk appearance tickets for comparable offenses.
Project 2: Citizen-Police Contacts on Public Transportation and Their Subsequent Effects
Examine policies and practices that affect low-income New Yorkers’ access to public transportation and may result in contact with the criminal justice system.
Project 3: Collateral Consequences of Justice Processing for Violations of Drug Laws
Analyze the collateral consequences of drug-related arrests or convictions for New York City residents, including agency policies regarding findings of drug use or the discovery of individual drug histories.
$1.4 Million over 24 months.
Jeffrey Butts (co-PI, JohnJayREC), John Roman (co-PI, NORC), Rebecca Balletto, Patricia Cobar, Sheyla Delgado, Richard Espinobarros, Gina Moreno, Rhoda Ramdeen, Kathleen Tomberg, and Kevin Wolff (affiliated CUNY faculty).