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The Center for Research in Crime and Justice of the New York University School of Law was established in 1983 by James B. Jacobs.  The Center’s primary objective is to promote criminological and criminal justice research by members of the faculty, junior and senior fellows, and students.  The Center aims to make the Law School an international forum for criminal justice policy study and debate.  It also strives to create opportunities for students to engage in collaborative research projects.

Professor Jacobs continues to lead the Center as its Director. Jerome Skolnick, who joined the Center as Co-Director in 1997, became emeritus in 2012.

The Center pursues its mission through:

Research – The Center’s research is currently focused on three areas, the legal assault on organized crime, the proliferation and use of criminal records, and prison and jail administration.

Speakers Series and Colloquia – Throughout the academic year, the Center sponsors seminars, workshops and symposia to hear from American and foreign criminal-justice scholars, policymakers and practitioners. The Center sponsors the monthly multi-disciplinary Hoffinger Criminal Justice Forum and weekly criminal law faculty seminar.

Hosting Visiting Scholars – On occasion, the Center hosts U.S. and foreign criminal justice scholars for both long and short periods.