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An Evidence-Based Initiative for Community Justice Policy and Practice

Funding Agency: New Jersey Office of the Attorney General

Principal Investigator: Todd Clear

Co-Principal Investigator: Michael Ostermann

Abstract: In 2011, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General gave a small seed grant to Rutgers University to establish an Evidence-Based Institute (EBI). Operating as a joint initiative of the School of Criminal Justice and the School of Law, the EBI seeks to strengthen the evidence-based foundation for state justice system practices by assessing how well current practices align with established evidence-based principles, exploring policy avenues to increase the level to which these practices coincide with these principles, and conducting studies of the effectiveness of current justice system practices.