Academy for Justice

Bridging the gap between academia and criminal justice reform

The Academy for Justice puts on a number of different events focused on various aspects of criminal justice reform, including Criminalization, Policing, Pretrial and Trial Processes, and Punishment, Incarceration, and Release.

Distinguished Lecture Series




Round Tables

Reforming Criminal Justice:
A Report by the Academy for Justice

Reforming Criminal Justice is a four-volume report meant to enlighten reform efforts in the United States with the research and analysis of leading academics. Broken down into individual chapters—each authored by a top scholar in the relevant field—the report covers dozens of topics within the areas of criminalization, policing, pretrial and trial processes, punishment, incarceration, and release.

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Reentry Summit

The Academy for Justice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University sponsored the Summit on Reentry concerns in our criminal justice system (Summit). Though Arizona’s three-year recidivism rate of 39 percent is lower than the national average of 50 percent, those returning to society after prison often lack the resources to establish themselves in the outside world (Wright, K., 2018, Arizona Town Hall, Criminal Justice in Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona). This Summit sought to provide insight on barriers to reentry that inmates face in Arizona and nationally, including reentry successes, failures, and where improvements can be made. Topics will range from barriers to housing and employment upon reentry, to mental health and drug treatment.

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MLK Justice for All, Here We Stand

A panel discussion with local leaders and nationally renowned scholars that do more than listen to the Dr. King's dream delivered each year. This panel discussion driven by the theme "Justice for All" is designed to invoke a plan of action through the examination of historical and statistical data, recommending future policy changes, justice reform, discussing recidivism, community policing and our ongoing efforts to build stronger relationships.

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Transforming the Police

The Academy for Justice will host Transforming the Police, a one-day conference at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is co-sponsored by Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety. As an event, Transforming the Police will explore selected chapters of a new book by the same name. The event is designed both to bring attention to recent, important policing reform efforts across the nation and to celebrate the release of the book. These efforts and this book represent important steps forward in thinking about the police, their problems, and the reforms that every police agency should consider adopting.

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The Controlled Substances Act at 50 Years

In February 2020, the Academy for Justice at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, together marked a half-century of drug policy under the Controlled Substances Act by co-sponsoring a conference that looked back at how the CSA has helped shape modern American drug laws and policies, and forward at the direction these laws could – and should – take in the next 50 years. The following ideas, documents and videos, are a result of that conference, looking at the CSA in light of our country's founding commitment to the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

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