|THINK TANKS, INTEREST GROUPS,
AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
ASSOCIATED WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE STRATEGY OR REFORM
The following are various groups, mostly nonprofit organizations, that exert an influence in one way or another on crime and criminal justice policy in the United States. For general government reform agencies, visit our Reform site. For access to criminal justice databanks, visit our Data site.
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) -
Premiere professional association devoted to scholarly study of criminal justice issues,
composed primarily of college professors.
American Bar Association (ABA) - Lobby group composed primarily of lawyers working on solutions to the nation's crime problem.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Interest group that uses whatever means necessary to preserve human rights, especially in the face of justice systems.
American Correctional Association (ACA) - Premiere correctional employee association for those interested in professionalism, runs a program which accredits prisons.
American Council for Drug Education (ACDE) - Group dedicated to diminishing drug use and its impact through gathering and disseminating data.
American Judicature Society (AJS) - Nonpartisan group of judges, lawyers, and citizens working toward better judicial selection, ethics, and effectiveness in criminal justice.
American Society of Criminology (ASC) - Premiere professional association devoted to the scholarly study of crime, composed primarily of college professors.
American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) - Premiere professional association for the private security industry.
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) - Dedicated to system-strengthening, a part of the LEAA-LEEP legacy, and their website contains a copy of the Omnibus Crime Control & Safe Streets Act of 1968.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) - Operates as a kind of government think tank, employing Ph.D. talent that would otherwise go into teaching.
Bureau of Justice Statistics/Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics - The federal government contracts out the Sourcebook to SUNY-Albany, which contains what are regarded as the most important data tables.
Center for Court Innovation - Research on community courts and community-based initiatives from this NYC agency; see the Center's courts page for how family and drug problems are handled.
Center on Crime, Communities, and Culture (CCCC) - Nonprofit agency looking for ways to turn crime debate into discussions about ways to improve social life in general.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) - Nonprofit organization designed to reduce reliance on use of prison as solution to social problems.
Center for Public Integrity - Watchdog group for violations of public trust/ethical misconduct among officials.
Children's Defense Fund - Leading child advocacy group, concerned with every aspect of child safety, health, and crime.
Citizens United for the
Rehabilitation of Errants - A popular group interested in all things dealing
with rehabilitation of criminals.
Community Policing Consortium - A partnership of various police-related organizations which plays a principal role in proliferating the philosophy and programs of community policing.
Crime Prevention Coalition of America - Nonpartisan group representing a number of different agencies which is devoted to greater freedom, security, and respect for the rights of all.
Criminal Justice Policy Foundation - Conducts surveys and research on solutions to criminal justice problems like drug policy and policing.
Federal Bureau of Investigation/Crime Statistics - The nation's oldest form of crime reporting, since 1935 with UCR, now NIBRS.
Probably one of the largest collection of 501c3's ever put together in a
linklist on any one page. Their Crime.org associate used to be quite influential
before they focused on corporate fraud.
Heritage Foundation - Nation's major conservative think tank dedicated to preserving America's traditional values.
The Injustice Line - Web page by a private attorney who documents injustices, mostly racial injustices, in the criminal justice system.
Institute for Global Communication (IGC) - Group of radical-oriented social justice organizations with a variety of causes, many of which relate to criminal justice.
Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) - Research organization specializing in law enforcement, juvenile and criminal justice issues.
Institute of Investigative Technology (IIT) - Division of Accuquest surveillance equipment Corp.
Institute for Forensics -
Seattle-based group of professors and practitioners.
Institute for Law and Justice (ILJ) - Private, nonprofit research and consulting firm which reviews legislation for impact analysis.
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) - One of the nation's oldest professional associations dedicated to police professionalism.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) - An institute at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor which for years has collected the nation's dissertations as well as datasets of other researchers on the criminal justice system.
Justice For All - An advocate for change group out of Houston aimed at making the criminal justice system better at protecting the lives and property of law-abiding citizens.
Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) - National organization for all the state's Statistical Analysis Centers; each state must have a centralized information clearinghouse to receive federal funds.
Foundation - continuation of the Kerner Commission's work.
Mitretek Systems, Inc. - a former Dept. of Defense contractor who claims to provide an impartial, objective view of what's needed in the criminal justice system.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - A group determined to stop drunk driving and support victims of this crime.
National Association of Attorneys Generals - Promoting cooperation, coordination, and communication among chief legal officers.
National Center for Rural Law Enforcement
- Dr. Lee Colwell's Institute in Arkansas.
National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) -- Nonprofit organization that publishes the "Safest Cities in America" reports, among other things.
National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics (aka SEARCH) - A clearinghouse for criminal justice shareware, online databases, and other means of information sharing and/or standardization.
National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) - Nearly a century of experience at consulting and giving expert opinion of criminal justice reform.
National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) - Home of McGruff the Crime Dog and a number of other crime prevention measures designed to promote greater public awareness about crime safety.
National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) - A special interest group that represents states on crime control matters.
National Fraud Information Center - A group fighting to increase penalties for telemarketing scams, Internet abuses, and related crimes.
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) - Serves as a clearinghouse for information about modernizing the court, jury, and trial systems.
National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) - Public interest group that represents the states whenever the federal government considers crime or justice-related legislation.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) - What's left of the LEAA-LEEP bureaucracy, which from 1969-1978 was the federal government's largest agency in the wars on poverty and crime.
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) - Research arm of the Dept. of Justice that looks at correctional practice and policy.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - The research and development arm of the Dept. of Justice.
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) - Presents a unified voice about issues in the administration of justice and inner-city crime from black police chiefs across the nation.
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) - Nonprofit organization working for victim's rights and services.
National Rifle Association (NRA) - Lobby group promoting the safer use of guns in our society and fighting gun control efforts of every variety.
National Sheriff's Association - Nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in criminal justice.
National Victim's Center - Clearinghouse for much information about victim-related issues and advocacy, from stalking to domestic violence.
Office of International Criminal Justice (OICJ) - Institute at the University of Illinois-Chicago with ties to a number of different police and correctional interests, mostly scholarly, hosts The Keeper's Voice, the IACO newsletter.
Office of Justice Programs - Founded in 1984 to evaluate the effectiveness of various programs and promote comprehensive planning.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) - Designed to provide comprehensive planning and control of the American juvenile justice system.
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) - The nation's newest Cabinet-level agency, home of the "drug czar" in charge of strategic planning, tells the DEA what to do.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) - Nation's leading advocate for the fair treatment of victims, a resource coordination agency.
Partnerships Against Violence Netword (PAVNet) () - A group of seven separate federal agencies working together on the problem of violence and the reduction of redundant information.
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) - Partnership organization of academics and chiefs from the nation's largest cities dedicated to innovative policing, professionalism, research, and involvement in public debate.
Public Agenda - Nonprofit,
public opinion and citizen education agency that provides background information and
discussion frameworks on many issues where public opinion could be misinterpreted.
Public Integrity Research Corporation (PIRC) - Nonprofit, public interest agency dedicated to exposing injustice and ethical misconduct.
Rand Corporation - Nonprofit insitution and nation's major think tank on policy decisionmaking, involved in a number of national security issues, including crime control, career criminals, drug laws, sentencing, prison management, and equity of criminal justice.
Research Triangle Institute - North Carolina-based think tank that conducts research on crime problem mostly from an environmental or epidemiological standpoint; drug research, and police systems.
Rule of Law Foundation - Dedicated to bringing American-style justice to the emerging democracies of the world.
The Sentencing Project - Group devoted to alleviating prison overcrowding by advocating alternative sentencing and corrections policy, hosts of the Campaign for an Effective Crime Policy.
Society of Police Futurists International - Partnership group between academics and practitioners which seeks to develop long-range forecasts about crime and the use of technology in crime fighting.
U.S. Census Bureau - Maintains the most commonly uses datafiles that agencies use for planning, etc.
Vera Institute of Justice - Nonprofit agency working to establish more humane alternatives to prison and the justice system in general; their 1961 Manhattan Bail Project introduced the concept of Release on Recognizance, for example.
Violence Policy Center - Nonprofit agency concerned with firearms violence, the number of guns manufactured in the U.S., and anything gun-related.
Last updated: 06/14/05
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