News Release

Center for Justice Research awarded $410,000 grant from Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Grant and Award Announcement

Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas - November 30, 2021 - The Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University has received $410,000 in funding from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to continue its work in building and sustaining diversity within criminal justice research. The contribution also supports the center’s efforts in establishing a network of systemic change in education for graduate students and faculty.

“Texas Southern University is proud of the Center for Justice Research’s essential work in establishing a platform that strengthens diversity within the criminal justice research field,” said Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, president of Texas Southern University. “My congratulations to Dr. Henderson and the Center for Justice Research team for continuing to advance social and criminal justice reform.”

“The Center for Justice Research is thrilled to receive this grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to further the work of the Center for Justice Research Researcher Development and Training Institute (CJR-RDTI), which focuses on increasing the availability of culturally relevant researcher development opportunities for faculty and doctoral students,” said Dr. Howard Henderson, director of the Center for Justice Research.

The CJR-RDTI aims to identify and develop cohorts of faculty and graduate researchers to gain knowledge and competencies in criminal justice and social justice research. The program will also work to identify diversion programs in the criminal justice system that effectively align with community-based goals, as well as develop a website resource tool that will provide evidence-based approaches to diversion.

This funding grant will enable the Center for Justice Research to expand its successful workshop series with added topics that will allow participants to gain practical experience using research fundamentals necessary for the 21st century. Such workshop topics will include career management, strategic thinking, data management and collection, and applying for research funding or fellowships, among others.

“The work the Center for Justice Research is doing to better support both faculty and the next generation of researchers is critical in informing and shaping future policies that will create a more just criminal justice system,” said Dr. George Kieh, dean of the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs.

About the Center for Justice Research, Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, and Texas Southern University

The Center for Justice Research is committed to creating justice reform-oriented solutions for the reduction of mass incarceration by connecting and applying academic thought to practical challenges. As a university-level research center, the Center for Justice Research provides a culturally responsive approach to mass incarceration and to criminal justice reform. Our targeted research advances data-driven solutions by supporting innovation, collecting committed reformers, compelling policy arguments and engendering broad consensus amongst community stakeholders.

The mission of the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs is to serve as an urban-focused community of learning dedicated to educating professionals who will plan and administer environmentally healthy and sustainable communities at the local, state, national and international levels of society.

Texas Southern University (TSU) is a student-centered, comprehensive doctoral university in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward. Texas Southern’s academic and research curricula are committed to ensuring equality, offering innovative programs that are responsive to its urban setting, and transforming diverse students into lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and creative leaders in their local, national, and global communities. TSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations – bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees – organized into 10 colleges and schools. Texas Southern has been a distinguished educational pioneer since 1927.

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