The Walter Rand Institute conducts research, collects and analyzes data, and translates the findings for use by a broad range of stakeholders. We apply this knowledge toward policy development and program implementation. In turn, we evaluate policies and programs for effectiveness, further contributing to the research base available to decision-makers and practitioners.

Our work connects those who need it with the objective research and guidance necessary to make informed decisions about criminal justice and safety policy, and program implementation.

WRI is also a sought-after backbone organization with a long history of facilitating collaborative justice and safety initiatives.


Current Work

Steered Straight Inc. Back to Classroom Evaluation

WRI is working with Steered Straight, Inc. on an evaluation of their Back to Classroom Initiative.

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Countering Violent Extremism Global Peace Foundation Evaluation

With funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Global Peace Foundation has contracted WRI to evaluate an effort addressing violent extremism in New Jersey.

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Addressing Youth Gang and Gun Violence – CC THRIVE

WRI is leading the strategic planning and facilitating implementation of CC THRIVE, a U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-funded initiative.

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Burlington County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Planning Board

The Burlington County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Planning Board is a county-wide juvenile delinquency prevention planning and implementation effort funded by the NJ Office of the Attorney General.

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Co-Occurring Reentry Program Evaluation

WRI is evaluating the Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders at the Camden County Correctional Facility.

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Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition

The Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition is the first county-wide juvenile delinquency prevention planning and implementation effort in the state.

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Juvenile Delinquency Planning and Prevention

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General contracts with WRI to provide technical assistance and capacity building to municipal juvenile delinquency prevention coalitions as part of the State’s crime prevention efforts.

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Youth for Success Initiative Evaluation

WRI is evaluating the implementation and impact of the Youth for Success Initiative, an effort to keep at-risk youth out of the juvenile justice system.

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Public Reports and Resources

An Analysis of Curfew Projects in Five Cities

To assist the Camden City Curfew Project, WRI analyzed curfew projects operating in Denver, Colorado, Jacksonville, Florida, North Little Rock, Arkansas, New Orleans, Louisiana and Phoenix, Arizona. The analysis looked at how the programs are funded and staffed, as well as how they use volunteers, involvement of service providers, and what type of services they provide to youth. Findings indicate that the Camden project is uniquely dependent upon volunteers and has a relatively broad coalition of partners.

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Camden Juvenile Arrest Record Report

Using data collected from the Camden City Police Department, WRI has developed a descriptive analysis of Camden City Juvenile Arrests. Arrest statistics are offered by month, age and type of crime for 2006, while yearly totals are compared to those of previous years.

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Camden Safer Cities

The goal of the Camden Safer Cities Initiative (CSCI) was to make Camden a safer city through a sustained collaboration among the criminal justice community and local leaders from Camden’s faith-based, neighborhood, governmental, and social service organizations. WRI served as neutral convener and facilitator, regularly bringing together stakeholders across sectors to meet CSCI goals. WRI also provided regular analysis of crime data focused on Camden’s 18-24 year olds, probationers, parolees, and other individuals at-risk of killing or being killed. 

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Crime in Camden City

This report offers three different viewpoints for incidents of Part I crime in Camden City. The report, based on data collected from the Camden City Police Department, provides longer and short term looks at one of Camden City’s most pressing policy concerns.

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Five City Crime Report

Highlighting five major cities in New Jersey, this report compares crime statistics from 2000 through 2005 in Camden, Trenton, Newark, Atlantic City and Jersey City. Data for these comparisons are collected from the 2000 Census and Unified Crime Reports. Crime incidents and rates in all five cities are compared, broken down into violent and non-violent crimes.

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Half-Year Analysis of Part I Crime in Camden City

WRI analyzed Part I Crime in Camden City based on UCR Crime Data. Part I Crime is the most violent, serious and frequently occurred offenses (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson). Findings show that while crime rose in 2006, it is still well below the previous five-year average.

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PRI-RE$PECT (Reentry Employment Service Programs Enhancing Community Transition)

WRI evaluated two prisoner reentry programs for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Office of Transitional Services. The evaluations of these programs measure impact on re-offense rates.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods

WRI managed two Project Safe Neighborhoods grants as a part of the Institute’s public safety work in Camden City. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to succeed. With this federal funding, awarded by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, WRI has provided important data analysis and technical assistance to several key crime prevention and suppression initiatives in the city.

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Related Projects

Camden County Police Department Crime Analysis

WRI provided the Department with an analysis of its Citywide Crime Intervention Efforts, which included Calls for Service, Cameras/Eye in the Sky Program, and Liquor Establishment Checks. WRI also conducted evaluations on some of the Department’s police operations, such as its Foot Patrols Initiative and five of its major multi-jurisdictional task force efforts. As well, WRI examined overall arrests and compared them to reported incidents and clearance rates. Results show all of the multi-agency criminal organization task force operations increased arrests and provided short-term gains in lowering crime and violence. Three different evaluation models analyzing the effects of foot patrols also indicated positive results, with the greatest impacts associated with reducing violent crime rates.

WRI also provided training to the Department’s crime analysts on Street Segment Analysis, Predictive Analysis, and Risk Terrain Modeling Analysis.

Camden Safer Cities Initiative

The Camden Safer Cities Initiative brought together law enforcement, supervision agencies and social service providers to improve offender re-entry services.

District Community Collaborative Boards

Four District Community Collaborative Boards were established in Camden to increase community engagement by providing structured opportunities for citizens, police and government entities to engage in collaborative problem-solving.

High-Risk Youth Offender Reentry and Family Strengthening Initiative

Funded by the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), WRI evaluated the High-Risk Youth Offender Reentry and Family Strengthening Initiative in Atlantic County, assessing both implementation and outcomes of the effort.

Jean Krauss Career Education Forums

The New Jersey Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDP), with Title II grant funding from the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, contracts with WRI to plan and implement Youth Forums in Southern and Central New Jersey. The Forum for the Southern part of the state covers Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties; and the Forum for the Central region covered Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, and Union Counties.

Measuring Outcomes and Impact of Juvenile Reentry Services and Sanctions

The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) contracted WRI to evaluate the range of services they provide to respond to the challenges of youth returning to their communities from a period of confinement. WRI examined the effectiveness of services provided to youth, including transitional living programs, interaction between JJC components and external partners, and effectiveness of JJC’s existing data system to evaluate the program’s success.

Opportunity Reconnect-Camden

WRI received a grant from the Nicholson Foundation to coordinate the development and operation of a reentry center in Camden to serve ex-offenders being released from state prisons in New Jersey – Opportunity Reconnect-Camden (OR-C). The center targeted those released within the past three to six months under the supervision of the NJ State Parole Board. WRI worked to replicate Opportunity Reconnect in Newark, which has been in operation for almost eight years. The Newark center is housed in Essex County College.