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Texas Southern University Aims To Develop Evidence Based Research Of Criminal Justice

The university will soon launch its Center for Justice Research

Texas Southern University president Austin Lane addresses the audience during an event held in Houston on January 22nd 2018 to announce the launch of TSU’s Center for Justice Research.
Texas Southern University president Austin Lane addresses the audience during an event held in Houston on January 22nd 2018 to announce the launch of TSU’s Center for Justice Research.

Texas Southern University (TSU) is giving the final touches to its Center for Justice Research, which will aim to produce reports that improve the criminal justice system and even help to reform it.

TSU recently received a $2.7 dollar grant through the Center for Advancing Opportunity, an initiative supported by funding from the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The university will use the money to launch its Center for Justice Research, which will be staffed by a policy analyst and TSU faculty members, according to TSU criminal justice professor Howard Henderson, who will be the center’s director.

“The center is designed to address issues primarily revolving around mass incarceration,” noted Henderson, who added that TSU students and researchers from other universities will also collaborate with the center.

The role of prosecutors in the reform of the criminal justice system, along with community-police relations and predictive bias are other topics Henderson said the center will research.

A news release from TSU indicates the center will develop “objective, evidence-based research.”

TSU plans to have the center up and running by April, but Henderson commented they might be able to start their work a little sooner than that.

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