Policy Corner

CJRA represents the interests of criminologists on Capitol Hill and with the Administration to advocate for funding for criminal justice research programs, ensure access to data and statistics, and support policies that promote objective and evidence-based research. The Alliance 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. Through these efforts, we have worked to increase funding for Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice, prevent reductions in authorization levels and assist Members of Congress and Congressional staff in oversight and legislative efforts.

CJRA does not take positions on any specific criminal justice policies or approaches, but instead, works to support research funding and access to data that allows the entire criminal justice research community to conduct objective research on a broad range of topics to help inform policymakers and the public.

Letter to CJS Appropriations Regarding Missing Crime FBI Crime Data

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Letter to FBI Director Wray Regarding Missing Data Tables

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CJRA letter opposing the inclusion of offsets that would cut BJS and NIJ spending levels in the Fix NICS Act.

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Slide deck from 2017 Congressional “Ask a Criminologist” Briefing on Police Technologies.

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Information about the inaugural “Ask a Criminologist” Briefing on Capitol Hill in 2016.

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Summary of CJRA’s role and policy advocacy.

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Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee leadership urging an increase in BJS and NIJ funding in the FY 2017 Appropriations process.

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