The CJRA is a partnership between the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and the American Society of Criminology (ASC) with the ultimate aim of disseminating evidence-based research to policy-makers and concerned citizens.
History of the Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJRA)[i]
In 2009, ACJS and ASC began a partnership called the Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy Coalition (CCJPC) and the two organizations pooled resources to contract The Raben Group in Washington, DC, to assist in developing contacts with key legislators and staff involved in criminal justice policy development, and in disseminating evidence-based research. The CCJPC consisted of four members appointed by ASC and four members appointed by ACJS, and for several years it organized visits by ASC and ACJS members to DC to lobby legislators and their staffs as well as conduct several congressional briefings on issues related to policing and corrections.
In 2013 the CCJPC was renamed the Joint Oversight Committee (JOC), and received a new charge from ASC and ACJS to develop a more formal and permanent mechanism to represent the interests of ASC and ACJS in the policy arena. Like the CCJPC before it, the JOC included four members appointed by ASC and four members appointed by ACJS, and expenses were shared equally by the two organizations. With the blessing of both organizations, the members of the JOC worked to conceive and design what we now call the Crime & Justice Research Alliance.
CJRA was established as an equal partnership between ACJS and ASC, and was formalized in 2014 through the agreement that each association would contribute an equal share towards a new government relations consultant (Brimley Group) as well as development of the Alliance’s website (by FP1 Strategies). In 2015, both organizations shared the costs of $40,000 to the Brimley Group and $4,900 for the website development plus a monthly maintenance ($100/month).
Also in 2015, the ASC board dedicated resources to hire a media relations consultant. While the original plan was to retain a consultant to serve ASC membership alone, the CJRA board recommended that it would make more sense for the consultant to represent the Alliance. CJRA believed it would be most impactful for the two associations to have a single brand in the form of CJRA, and ASC agreed to that approach. In 2016, the ACJS board agreed to fund half of the cost of the media consulting agreement, at $36,000 (with an annual contract of $72,000).
CJRA Letter to ACJS and ASC, April 2017
[i] The text for this description was taken in large part from a letter written by Nancy LaVigne in 2017 to the ACJS and ASC boards when she served as chair of CJRA (the full letter is included under CJRA on the ACJS website).