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 is 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.

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

Jodi Lane, PhD, (Vice Chair) Professor of Criminology and Law at the University of Florida

Shaun Gabbidon, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg,

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

Charis Kubrin, PhD, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine

Dave Myers, PhD, Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice PhD Program at the University of New Haven

Sheetal Ranjan, PhD, Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at William Paterson University

Jacqueline vanWormer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Whitworth University

Nancy La Vigne, PhD, Director, Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute (Ex-Officio Member, Past Chair 2015-2017)

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