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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.

All projects

  • Handcuffs

    Sentinel Event Reviews (SER)

    In 2021, the ASU Foundation was awarded a $250,000 grant by the American Arbitration Association – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) Foundation to explore the development of a statewide system for conducting Sentinel Event Reviews (SER) of police use of force, particularly among vulnerable populations.

  • Marijuana Clemency: Letter to President Biden

    On September 14, 2021, a letter was delivered to President Joe Biden requesting a general pardon to all persons subject to federal criminal or civil enforcement on the basis of a nonviolent marijuana offense.

  • Measured Justice

    Measured Justice

    Join us for our podcast MEASURED JUSTICE, covering criminal justice reform topics in America.

  • Guiding Points and Pitfalls for Reducing Reliance on Cash Bail

    The Academy for Justice recently had the opportunity to work with an incoming District Attorney to formulate two best practice guides seeking to identify next steps, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid, on two specific topics based on available research.

  • Recommendations and Resources for Prosecutors Considering Non-Prosecution Policies for Drug Offenses

    Non-prosecution practices and policies have long been informally part of the fabric of the American criminal justice system, and more formal programs created by prosecutors have proliferated in modern times with growing and justified concerns about mass incarceration and mass punishment.

  • Reducing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:

    The United States is now waking up to the fact that Indigenous Peoples have been oppressed by the dominant (non-Indigenous) culture for centuries. This oppression continues today and has led to a national and international crisis involving missing and murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP).

  • Legal Ease Podcast

    Legal-Ease Podcast

    A podcast collaboration between the Academy for Justice and Legal-Ease Podcasts to bring you a partisan free discussion on current issues affecting the criminal justice system, without convoluted legalese, a word for fancy lawyer talk.

  • Reforming Arizona Criminal Justice

    The nation’s leading scholars recommend evidence-based solutions for Arizona.

  • Reforming Criminal Justice

    Reforming Criminal Justice is a four-volume report meant to enlighten reform efforts in the United States with the research and analysis of leading academics. Broken down into individual chapters—each authored by a top scholar in the relevant field—the report covers dozens of topics within the areas of criminalization, policing, pretrial and trial processes, punishment, incarceration, and release.

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!