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

(Houston) 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.