About CJRA

The Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJRA) is a centralized resource of authoritative experts and scholarly studies created to provide policymakers, practitioners and the public direct access to relevant research on crime and criminal justice issues.

Formed in 2015, CJRA started as a collaborative partnership between the nation’s two leading criminal justice scholar associations, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and the American Society of Criminology (ASC), which represent more than 5,000 criminal justice scholars and research experts. Today, the Alliance is funded solely by ACJS.

The Alliance communicates with the criminal justice research and academic communities about legislative, appropriations and policy developments in Washington, D.C. CJRA assists policymakers across the political spectrum by summarizing published scholarly articles and identifying expert witnesses to speak to Committees, Members of Congress and Justice Department officials. The goal of CJRA is to provide objective research to inform legislators in criminal justice policy and appropriation decisions as well as reporters covering criminal justice topics in the news.

Board Members

Peter Wood, PhD, (Chair) Professor of Criminology and Sociology at Eastern Michigan University

Pauline Brennan, PhD, Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell

Marlyn Jones, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, Sacramento

William Pelfrey Jr., PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University

John L. Worrall, PhD, Professor of Criminology, University of Texas at Dallas (Ex-Officio Member)