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.

DEPC cohosts conference to examine past and future of the Controlled Substances Act

In February 2020, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Academy for Justice at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law co-sponsored a conference in Phoenix, Arizona to mark a half-century of drug policy under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The Controlled Substances Act at 50 Years featured over 50 speakers across law, health, and policy. Attendees evaluated the ways in which the CSA has helped shape modern American drug laws and policies, and how these laws could change in the future. According to DEPC Executive Director Douglas A. Berman, the collaboration allowed the two centers to convene a truly impressive group of experts.

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New book provides research-based strategies for law enforcement

February 6, 2020 - In an age of intensified public debate about the role of police officers, more law enforcement agencies rely on evidence-based policing to help officers perform their duties.

In a new book written by faculty members, alumni and current and former doctoral students in Arizona State University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, authors offer fresh, research-based perspectives to help law enforcement officials make better-informed decisions about running their agencies and best apply strategies and tactics.

Each of the book’s 13 chapters is followed by a response essay written by leading police executives.

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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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