Research Centers

Research Centers

National Network for Safe Communities logoNational Network for Safe Communities, formerly the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, fosters innovative crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, action research, and operational partnerships with law enforcement, communities, social service providers, and other practitioners. The Center is actively engaged in crime prevention initiatives in jurisdictions around the country and the world. It is particularly focused on issues affecting our most vulnerable communities: violent street groups, gun violence and gun trafficking, overt drug markets, and domestic violence.

Institute for Innovation in Prosecution: The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (IIP) provides a collaborative national platform that brings together prosecutors, policy experts, and the communities they serve to promote data-driven strategies, cutting-edge scholarship, and innovative thinking. The IIP is dedicated to criminal justice that promotes community-centered standards of safety, fairness, and dignity.

Prisoner Reentry InstituteInstitute for Justice and Opportunity (formerly the Prisoner Reentry Institute): As a champion of institutional, structural, and personal transformation, the Institute opens doors and eliminates barriers to success for people who have been involved in the criminal legal system. The Institute creates access to high education and pathways to satisfying careers, and advocates for the right to housing, employment, healthcare, and other human rights too often denied people with criminal convictions. 

Research & Evaluation CenterResearch & Evaluation Center: The Research and Evaluation (R&E) Center, established in 1975, provides members of the academic community of John Jay College with opportunities to respond to the research needs of justice practitioners in New York City, New York State, and the nation. The R&E Center provides direct assistance to agencies in the justice system, designs and carries out studies of innovative strategies to prevent and reduce crime, and works to improve the effectiveness of interventions at the individual and community level.

Center on Media, Crime & JusticeCenter on Media, Crime & Justice: The Center on Media, Crime and Justice, housed at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) since 2006, is the nation’s only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st-century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society.


The Center for Cybercrime Studies focuses on forms of crime where data, computers and networks are either the target of criminal activity or play a principal role in executing the crime. The Center develops and disseminates the knowledge and research needed to understand, detect, and deter computer related criminal activity.

Center for International Human Rights: The Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) was established in 2001 with a mandate to study the main challenges to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights norms; analyze and assess the intersections between human rights violations and international crimes; investigate genocide historically and in the contemporary world; and devise educational programs aimed at increasing public awareness of these norms.

Center on Terrorism: The Center on Terrorism was created by John Jay College in late 2001, largely in response to the World Trade Center disaster and the increased interest in terrorism on the part of concerned citizens. The goals of the Center are to study terrorism conceptually in ways that are familiar and appropriate for a university and to identify the practical applications of that knowledge in the search for alternative forms of human security.

The Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response StudiesThe Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies: The Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS) is a unique applied research center focused on development of grounded theory through a tightly-focused research agenda: It’s emphasis is on studying large-scale events from a perspective of first-responder coordination and its relationship to first responder safety, reduced loss through protection of life, property, and critical systems.

Misdemeanor Justice Project mapData Collaborative for Justice: DCJ's mission is to raise important questions and share critical research about frequent interactions between community members and the criminal justice system. This encompasses enforcement and supervision in the community, the adjudication of cases in the courts, and the use of confinement in jails and prisons. Their work ensures that communities, and the governments that serve them, have the necessary information to develop and implement evidence-based policies, practices, and programs.

Dispute Resolution Center logoDispute Resolution Center: Since 1993, John Jay College of Criminal Justice has housed the City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium (CUNY DRC), a university based academic center which serves as a comprehensive coordinating mechanism to advance research and innovative program development throughout the City University as well as the New York City metropolitan area.

Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics: The Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, the only nonprofit, university-based center of its kind in the United States, was established to foster greater concern for ethical issues among practitioners and scholars in the criminal justice field. It seeks to encourage increased sensitivity to the demands of ethical behavior among those who administer and enforce our system of criminal justice, a more focused treatment of moral issues in the education of criminal justice professionals, and a new dialogue among scholars and practitioners on specific topics in criminal justice ethics.