Our Mission

The Center of Crime & Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary academic center, housed within the UCR School of Public Policy, that is dedicated to conducting rigorous empirical research on issues related to criminal justice in the state of California and beyond. This includes applied and theoretical studies that help inform evidence-based practice by providing an objective basis for policy and program improvements. The Center aims to bridge the divide between scholarship and practice by connecting its research with state- and regional-criminal justice practitioners, community-based organizations, and policymakers through contracted work, public events, stakeholder convenings, and sustained community engagement.

Our Vision + News & Updates

• Awarded a contract with the California Workforce Development Board to evaluate the efficacy of the Prison to Employment (P2E) statewide initiative.

• Welcomed two new student interns, Milly Analco Arellano and Audrey Tang.


• Received a grant from The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation to study hiring and employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

• Awarded three scholarships to justice-impacted students at UCR