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Last Updated Apr 24, 2023
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Policy Centers, Nonprofit Organizations & Government Agencies
Policy Centers & Nonprofit Organizations
National Police Accountability ProjectFounded in 1999, the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) is a non-profit membership organization of plaintiff's lawyers, law students and legal workers dedicated to ending law enforcement and detention officer abuse of authority through coordinated legal action, public education, and support for grassroots and victims' organizations combating misconduct. We are a project of the National Lawyers Guild.
The Marshall Project: PolicingThe Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums.
Police Executive Research ForumThe Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing. PERF produces publications that summarize its research findings and development of policy guidance and best practices.
Urban Institute: Crime and JusticeThe Urban Institute helps identify solutions for neighborhoods, cities, states, and national criminal justice systems. We analyze crime trends and evaluate prevention initiatives. A core component of our work is studying how to protect vulnerable people and communities from violence and abuse. And we take a close look at new and emerging criminal justice technologies. Our work combines quantitative and qualitative methods to provide objective data grounded in the experiences of victims, offenders, and practitioners.
Vera Institute of JusticeWe work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.
Brennan Center for JusticeThe Brennan Center for Justice is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend our country’s systems of democracy and justice.
RAND Justice Policy ProgramWith broad cross-disciplinary expertise, the RAND Justice Policy Program addresses public safety and the performance of the civil and criminal justice system for federal and state agencies, local police departments, and the private sector. Policy and research areas include policing, law enforcement, and corrections; crime, gangs, and violence prevention; drug abuse and drug policy; administration of justice, law, courts, and governance; and occupational and transportation safety.
Institute for Law and JusticeThe Institute for Law and Justice (ILJ) is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to consulting, research, evaluation, and training in criminal justice. Our mission is to bring the best of research and practice to the criminal justice and public safety field.
National Institute of JusticeNIJ — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal justice community to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
COPS Ethics and Integrity, Dept. of JusticePolice departments can repair and strengthen community relationships by understanding and training officers on three key concepts: procedural justice, bias reduction, and racial reconciliation. Together and when implemented, these concepts create an environment in which effective partnerships between the police and citizens can flourish. The COPS Office seeks to provide these critical resources to ensure integrity and ethics are well-understood and embedded in the culture of policing.