Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice

The Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice was launched at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The goal of the Research Network is to use the power of data analytics to inform policy conversations and reform regarding the enforcement of lower-level offenses such as misdemeanors, citations/summons, and pedestrian and traffic stops.  We have identified additional jurisdictions to create a network focused on analyses to determine local trends in the enforcement of lower-level offenses and understand multi-site differences. These seven jurisdictions include Durham, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Louisville, KY, Meridian, MSPrince George’s County, MD, Seattle, WA, and St. Louis, MO. The sites will strive to provide an empirical framework to inform data-driven policy initiatives at local, state, and national levels. The Research Network is fully committed to working with criminal justice practitioners to obtain accurate data, provide objective analyses, and disseminate our findings to key stakeholders in the community, renowned scholars, and policy-makers to spur a national discourse on the enforcement of lower-level offenses. Each jurisdiction forms partnerships at the local level between research institutions and local and state criminal justice agencies. Research institutions within selected jurisdictions receive funding to help build data analytic infrastructure and capacity to examine trends and outcomes of misdemeanors, summons/citations, and stops at a local level. Through this alliance, the Research Network will produce, for the first time, cross-site analyses on the enforcement and outcomes of lower-level offenses.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is funding the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice for a three-year span.

Please click below for more information on the sites and to find the biographies of our Site Representatives.