The New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice invited the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JohnJayREC) to collaborate in the SIPPRA effort.
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 a City effort to improve public safety and the effectiveness of the justice system.
A mayoral initiative since 2016, Fast Track began with a focus on prosecution and court processing and evolved to focus on driving down gun violence with a system-wide focus on individuals involved in gun violence and deploying the Cure Violence model in 18 NYC neighborhoods.
Arnold Ventures asked the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to review and summarize research on policies and programs known to reduce community violence without relying on police.
In 2017, 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 two initiatives focused on the safety and well-being of New York City neighborhoods.
Researchers used state-level data on youth justice policies and practices to explore the association between state policy environments and recent changes in the use of residential placements for adjudicated youth (i.e., confinement). The study assigned a score to each of the 50 states based on the extent to which their youth justice policy environments could be considered “progressive” as opposed to punitive or regressive.
The Evidence Generation initiative focuses on improving the operations and effectiveness of justice agencies in New York City and New York State by generating and analyzing data about the effects of interventions and crime reduction strategies. The program was launched in 2010 with funding from the Pinkerton and Rudin Foundations.
With funding provided by the City of New York through its Administration for Children's Services (ACS), the Research and Evaluation Center reviewed and compiled recent research and practice innovations focused on adolescent development and the youth justice system.
An evaluation of Reclaiming Futures estimated the initiative’s impact by surveying system actors about their perceptions of justice and substance abuse treatment systems on three major dimensions (administration, collaboration, and service quality).
The Research and Evaluation Center worked with two progressive youth service agencies as part of the Evidence Generation Initiative to document their routine practices, to create rigorous theories of change and logic models, and to explore the measures necessary to organize mission-relevant data.
The Research and Evaluation Center and the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College collaborated in a project to conduct fidelity reviews with several programs across New York City that provide community-based services to offender populations. The fidelity reviews were designed to confirm the extent to which programs were operating in ways consistent with the Correctional Program Checklist.
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Research and Evaluation worked with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to design and implement an evaluation of the "Cure Violence" model of gun violence reduction.
The Research and Evaluation Center assessed the implementation of gun violence reduction initiatives in New York City neighborhoods. With funds awarded from the New York City Council, the project tracked the formation and deployment of gun violence reduction strategies in several areas of the City. Each program incorporated the shooting incident crisis management system recommended by the 2012 report from the Council-sponsored Task Force to Combat Gun Violence.
The Research and Evaluation Center partnered with Justice Fellowship (JF) to provide expertise and support that could advance JF’s goal of changing the national narrative on criminal justice. The project resulted in a series of research reports on issues related to current issues and shortcomings associated with criminal justice system practices.
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Research and Evaluation Center collaborated with the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University to plan a comprehensive evaluation of the Cure Violence model of gun violence prevention.
The Research and Evaluation Center investigated the feasibility, implementation, and impact of a youth justice realignment effort in New York State. Known as Close to Home, the initiative diverted young offenders from state facilities and shifted interventions to community-based programs under the direct or indirect management of local government. Over the past two decades, realignment has attracted growing attention in New York and elsewhere due to crowded facilities, strained budgets, and the persistent failure of the justice system to reduce recidivism.
The Research and Evaluation Center worked with Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) to enhance the research and evaluation focus of YAP. Center staff and consultants collaborated with YAP personnel to design research studies of sufficient rigor to improve the organization’s data-driven orientation and to develop high-quality evidence of its effectiveness.
With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice extended its program of research and technical assistance on juvenile justice realignment, or efforts to shift programs and resources for young offenders away from centralized, state-run facilities and into locally-operated, community-based, and non-residential programs.
The concept of realignment, however, is much older than 20 years. The Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice reviewed the state of the art in justice realignment. Researchers compiled the literature on realignment and other related initiatives and used the results to report on the best approaches to practice and policy.
Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice collaborated with Temple University to assess the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Initiated by the White House and announced on October 5, 2010, the National Forum 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.
The City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice worked with Temple University to design and implement a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program (CBVP). The program replicated practices associated with some of the most effective recent innovations in violent crime prevention and control, such as Chicago's CeaseFire and the Boston Gun Project.
Six communities in North Carolina collaborated to bring the Reclaiming Futures approach to agencies serving the needs of youthful offenders with drug and alcohol problems. The project worked intensively with the Reclaiming Futures National Program Office in Portland, Oregon and North Carolina sites selected by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to develop and demonstrate the Reclaiming Futures model in North Carolina communities.