Reentry Court Research
Findings from an evaluation of programs funded under the Second Chance Act:
Find What Works
The National Institute of Justice sponsors criminal court research and court-based program evaluation to identify tools, programs and policies that satisfy criminal justice goals including: public safety, cost-efficiency and fair and equitable treatment of victims and defendants.
Courts Research Portfolio
NIJ's criminal courts research informs these goals through several approaches:
Court Operations and Case Management — methods for criminal justice administration applicable to diversion, pretrial and other stages of the criminal case processing.
Specialized or Problem-Solving Courts — court-based interventions for offenders and communities that address substance abuse, mental health and other criminogenic needs.
Victim Services and Safety
Offender Accountability Procedures
Adjudication and Sentencing — criminal court procedures for judges, prosecutors, defense counsel and juries from arraignment through trial and sentencing.
Evaluating and Presenting Evidence in Court
Technology — courtroom security technologies and forensic and other scientific technologies that support criminal case processing through information sharing, evidence testing and management and other investigative and trial functions.