Making Criminal Justice Reform Research Accessible to All

Bridging the gap between academia and on-the-ground criminal justice reform

A team of reform-minded scholars

The Academy for Justice recognizes that criminal justice reform is complicated and controversial, yet a vital component to a more just society. We believe that knowledge is the most important tool for addressing these issues, and we’re here to make it simpler and easier by providing easily accessible information for all who are interested in creating real change in the American criminal justice system.

Explore Our Projects

The Academy for Justice is consistently engaged in a plethora of projects that include long-term and short-term research, partnerships with other criminal justice reform organizations, and past events where knowledge and research were gained and compiled. Here you can explore a number of projects we have worked on in the past or that are ongoing. Be sure to check back often to see what we will be working on in the future.

  • Miscarriages of Justice: New Strategies for Wrongful Convictions

    Miscarriages of Justice: New Strategies for Wrongful Convictions

    A diverse group of practitioners and scholars recently gathered for a working-group process to create a Miscarriages of Justice Post-Conviction Innovation and Action Guide for Litigators that provides concrete and implementable guidance on miscarriage of justice claims. The hope is to better position litigators and incarcerated individuals to advocate for greater relief from wrongful convictions. The symposium will discuss their findings and recommendations.

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  • Cannabis, Crime, and Clemency

    Cannabis, Crime, and Clemency

    The President’s recent general pardon, pursuant to the Constitution, of simple marijuana possession offenses in violation of federal law (and the D.C. Code), represents a historic event in criminal justice reform and an important step toward correcting the lingering injustices of a national drug ban.

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Upcoming events

ASU’s Eighth Biannual Law and Neuroscience Conference

Join us for the Eighth Biannual Law and Neuroscience Conference sponsored by the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and held at the U.S. District Court.

December 9, 2022
Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse, District of Arizona
Book Event: Violence Against women in the criminal legal system, January 26, 2023, 4:45 to 6:30 p.m.

Violence Against Women in the Criminal Legal System

Join the Academy for Justice on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, for a book event focusing on violence against women in the criminal legal system. Three authors with books on the topic, will be present to discuss their books and answer questions, as a lead into the Miscarriages of Justice Symposium to take place the following day.

January 26, 2023
Beus Center for Law and Society
Miscarriages of Justice: New Strategies for Wrongful Convictions, January 27, 2023, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Miscarriages of Justice: A Symposium on New Strategies for Wrongful Convictions

A diverse group of practitioners and scholars recently gathered for a working-group process to create a Miscarriages of Justice Post-Conviction Innovation and Action Guide for Litigators that provides concrete and implementable guidance on miscarriage of justice claims.

January 27, 2023
Beus Center for Law and Society

Explore Our Resources

The Academy for Justice generates a wide range of research on criminal justice reform.

Phases of the Criminal Justice System

PUNISHABLE CRIMES Considers the overuse of criminal law as well as the abuse of low-level offenses. POLICING Covers practices by and powers of law enforcement, including aggressive enforcement of minor crimes. PRETRIAL & TRIAL Considers key aspects of criminal adjudication, including the grand jury and decision to detain a defendant prior to trial. PUNISHMENT AND SENTENCING Reviews the traditional rationales for punishment and the related failures of modern sentencing. PRISON, RELEASE & REENTRY Covers confinement and release, and whether prison rehabilitation programs can reduce recidivism.

Partner with us!

The Academy for Justice is constantly looking for the best ways to improve the criminal justice system. If your organization has an idea or a project that you’d like to collaborate on, let us know!