Academy for Justice

Bridging the gap between academia and criminal justice reform

What is the Academy for Justice?

The Academy for Justice is a diverse team of reform-minded scholars and experts from a number of different institutions who believe that knowledge is the most important tool we have for addressing the array of problems confronting the American criminal justice system. We come from different backgrounds, and each of us brings different perspectives, experiences, and methodologies to bear on our criminal justice reform work. As a scholarly collective, our approach to criminal justice reform is interdisciplinary, pragmatic, and non-partisan. Our shared mission is to bridge the gap between academia and on-the-ground criminal justice reform by making scholarly research and ideas accessible to policymakers, stakeholders, journalists, and the public.

ASU Law’s Academy for Justice tackles reentry for its inaugural event

January 24, 2020 - The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University created its Academy for Justice in 2016 to help improve the criminal justice system by bridging the gap between academia and on-the-ground reform efforts.

The academy took a big first step in bridging that gap by producing and distributing a comprehensive four-volume set of criminal justice reform issues and policy recommendations, authored by some of the nation’s foremost legal and criminal justice scholars.

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How ‘Dysfunctional’ Rural Justice Systems Hamper the Struggle Against Opoid Abuse

December 4, 2019 - The “dysfunction” of rural justice systems has hampered efforts to combat the national opioid crisis in the regions where the crisis has had the most tragic impact, according to an Arizona law professor.

While rural communities have experienced a disproportionate share of overdose deaths, they have too often favored punishment over treatment—a strategy compounded by the lack of resources and scientific training, wrote Valena E. Beety, a law professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and a specialist in rural legal scholarship.

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Arizona Opioid-Blocking Program Proving Less Effective Than Hoped

October 8, 2019 - As the opioid crisis continues to ravage communities in Arizona and across the country, states are looking for ways to help people stay away from the dangerous substances, especially those who have run afoul of the law, in part, because of their addictions.

That means turning to commonly known treatments, like methadone, as well as a relative newcomer to the scene called Vivitrol, an injectable form of naltrexone that is used to block opioid receptors in the brain. State correctional departments across the country now provide Vivitrol shots to some prisoners upon their release.

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