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Community Safety and Criminal Justice

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Our community safety and criminal justice research focuses on programs, policies, and systems that address:

  • Community safety, violence prevention and early intervention
  • Criminal behavior intervention and diversion
  • Support for victims of crime

This work is necessarily rooted in addressing the systems and root causes that affect community safety, with particular attention on populations that are underserved, unserved or harmed by existing systems. Central to this is an understanding that everybody impacted by criminal behavior deserves to be treated with dignity and to receive the supports necessary to repair the harm caused, heal and move on with their life.

We recognize that being involved in the criminal justice system has lasting impacts on many people, directly and indirectly.

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