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(202) 885-2875

Fax: (202) 885-2885

justice@american.edu

Justice Programs Office 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 508 Washington, DC 20016-8159 United States

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Our Expertise

Research and Program Evaluation  

We conduct and apply rigorous research to develop fair and equitable policies and practices. Recognizing the gap between researchers and practitioners, our team uses translational research to apply research to practice. We work with state and local courts through site visits to conduct on-site problem analysis or assessment and documentation of existing program policies, resources, and procedures to identify gaps.   

Evidenced-based Practice  

We rely on research evidence for guidance and decision-making and promote the advancement of evidence-based policies and practices to government agencies and organizations throughout the US and internationally. 

Training and Technical Assistance 

We conduct site-based and remote training and technical assistance (TTA) to drug courts and state administering agencies.  

We develop and administer TTA for specialized screening, assessment, and case planning tools for veterans treatment courts. We provide TTA to juvenile treatment courts and help practitioners apply evidence-based practices to their programs and improve the outcomes for youth. We provide the drug court field with access to robust resources including tools, research, and information to help drug courts run more effectively.

We assist courts by providing training and technical assistance in implementing trauma-responsive policies to identify survivors of human trafficking, respond to the needs of survivors with a range of outcomes in their cases, and reduce the infliction of harm on survivors during legal proceedings.

We administer the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Program Assessment tool to help treatment court professionals identify and examine areas where racial and ethnic disparities may exist in their court programs.  

Our services include:  

  • Short and long-term technical assistance to government and community agencies.  

  • Training and other professional development services.  

  • Evaluation of public programs.  

  • On-site problem analysis/assessment.  

  • Documentation of existing program policies, resources, and procedures.  

  • Promotion of use/adaption of nationally/internationally accepted standards of performance and practice.  

Capacity-building   

We work with court teams to provide tools, resources, best practices, and training and technical assistance to improve team competence and build greater capacity and efficiency. Our projects have addressed policy, program, resource, and operational issues relating to the administration of justice, coordination of public programs, and the delivery of justice systems and associated public health, social, and related services. 

Thought Leadership  

Our team of experts offer unique perspectives into the civil and criminal justice landscape. Through our experience, research, university relationships, and engagement with justice community stakeholders, we stay informed and engaged in the justice conversation. We lead national campaigns to drive the conversation toward systemic and cultural change to break the cycle of criminal justice involvement, enhance public safety, and improve outcomes, recognizing the dignity of individuals, families, and communities.  

Strategic Communications 

We develop communications strategies and messaging to build a shared narrative around justice reform and policy. We produce an academic journal, newsletters, blogs, webinars and other informational tools as well as social media, web content, and web platforms to better inform and engage justice system actors, the public, and the media about pressing civil and criminal justice reform issues.