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Misdemeanor Justice Project, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Publishes rigorous, objective analyses documenting trends in the criminal justice response to lower-level offenses and pretrial detention

Conducts cross-jurisdictional comparisons of trends in the enforcement and disposition of lower-level offenses and pretrial detention

Examines case processing and custody trends for lower-level offenses

Publishes scholarly papers to contribute to literature on lower-level offenses and pretrial detention

Convenes national experts to discuss lower -level enforcement

Conducts criminal justice policy evaluations

Faculty Members
Preeti Chauhan, policing, lower level enforcement, pretrial detention, evidence-based policy reform, and race/ethnic disparities

Carla Barrett, criminal prosecution of adolescents, alternative to incarceration programs/diversion for youth, misdemeanor case processing, and qualitative research and evaluation methods

Kevin Wolff, juvenile justice, recidivism, program evaluation, pretrial supervision, crime trends, multilevel modeling

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Preeti Chauhan, PhD
524 West 59th Street,
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.237.8790
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 3
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): Yes
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    Police Departments, Department of Corrections, Courts, and State Statistical Agencies

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    Briefings, conferences, advisory board meetings, presentations to City officials

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    Laura and John Arnold Foundation
    Atlantic Philanthropies
    The New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

  • Current Projects:
    Misdemeanor Justice Project- Phase II
    The goal of the Misdemeanor Justice Project – Phase II (MJP-II) is to: (1) study and disseminate information on the enforcement of lower-level offenses; (2) conduct four quantitative analyses focused on the enforcement of lower-level offenses and pretrial detention in New York City; (3) establish a research agenda around lower -level enforcement; (4) commission papers in line with the research agenda; and (5) convene national experts to discuss project findings.

    Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice
    The goal of the Research Network is to use the power of data analytics to inform policy conversations and reform regarding the enforcement of low-level offenses such as misdemeanors, citations/summons, and pedestrian and traffic stops. We have identified six additional jurisdictions to create a network focused on analyses to determine local trends in the enforcement of low-level offenses and understand multi-site differences. These six jurisdictions include Durham, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Prince George’s County, MD, Seattle, WA, St. Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH. The new sites will strive to provide an empirical framework to inform data-driven policy initiatives at local, state, and national levels.

    Technical Assistance
    The Misdemeanor Justice Project – Technical Assistance (MJP–TA) provides technical assistance to the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) in New York City. MJP-TA works with MOCJ to clean, code, merge, and analyze criminal justice data sets from various city and state agencies. MJP-TA supports MOCJ’s mission of reducing crime, reducing unnecessary incarceration, and promoting fairness throughout the criminal justice system.

  • Indirect Cost Rates:
    On-Campus Programs: 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2019, 69.5% of direct salaries and wages including all fringe benefits

    Off –Campus Programs: 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2019, 25% of direct salaries and wages including all fringe benefits

  • Organizational policies on the use of collected data:

  • Organizational policies on publications:

  • Number of Graduate Research Assistants: 7
  • Number of Administrative Assistants and Staff: 8
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