There are various research organizations housed at John Jay College which work in conjunction with other academic, practical, and professional affiliations. Such organizations included, but are not limited to:
The Misdemeanor Justice Project: We seek to understand the criminal justice response to low-level offenses, from arrest to disposition. We strive to provide an empirical framework to data-driven policy initiatives at local, state, and national levels aimed at improving society’s response to these offenses. The Misdemeanor Justice Project is fully committed to working with criminal justice practitioners to obtain accurate data, provide objective analyses, and disseminate our findings to key stakeholders in the community, scholars, and policy-makers to spur a national discourse on the effectiveness and fairness of law enforcement and criminal justice responses to low-level offenses.
The Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP): P2CP is an innovative educational program founded by John Jay English professor Baz Dreisinger and administered by the Prisoner Reentry Institute in partnership with Hostos Community College. It provides prisoners with access to public university-level education, mentorship, and community support to increase their chances of timely graduation and employment upon release.
From Punishment to Public HealthWe are developing a mutual focus on the endemic social and structural problems that lead to incarceration, and we seek to re-imagine the features of institutions and policymaking that will position public health interventions to be successful and held accountable to better health, safety and social outcomes and to reduce the risk of criminal and anti-social behavior.
Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM): The Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) at John Jay College provides an opportunity for Forensic Science students to engage in the process of scientific research while completing their degree.
Social Networks Research Group (SNRG): We are interested in research on social networks–from ethnography and network theory, to simulation and public policy. We specialize in research on “hard-to-reach” populations, in both the social and geographical senses of the term.
Extremist Crime Research Consortium: The US Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) collects information on violent incidents and financial schemes committed by the extreme far-right, Al Qaeda and similar groups supporters, and animal and environmental rights extremists in the US. The ECDB is the first of its kind database and it is a valuable resource for policymakers and researchers.