Strengthening Justice in the U.S.

Strengthening Justice in the U.S.: The Impact of Scientific Research


National Institute of Justice


Nancy Rodriguez

In this article, Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), provides detail on the core missions of NIJ, and outlines the organizations guiding principles: 1) Research can make a difference in individual lives. It can improve the safety of communities and create a more effective and fair justice system 2) Government funded research must adhere to fair and open competition guided by rigorous peer review 3) Innovative and rigorous research methods can provide answers to basic questions as well as practical, applied solutions to crime 4) Research must respond to the real-world needs of victims, communities, and criminal justice professionals and 5) Partnerships with other agencies and organizations, public and private, are essential to our success.

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