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Columbia Justice Lab

The Justice Lab combines original research, policy development, and community engagement to propel the project of justice reform. In our vision, justice depends on peaceful and healthy communities that help all their members to flourish in a climate of fairness and respect. We work for a community-centered justice, in which incarceration is no longer used as a solution to problems that are often rooted in poverty and racial inequality. The Justice Lab was founded in the fall of 2017 on the belief that justice policy should strengthen the bonds of family and community that are often threatened by poverty, crime, and punitive crime policy. Bringing together research expertise with a track record of policy innovation and collaboration with justice-involved people, we aim to advance a community-centered future for justice.


Vincent Schiraldi

Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University School of Social Work and Co-Director of the Justice Lab

Bruce Western

Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice; Chair, Department of Sociology


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