Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Is South Jersey a safe place to live?
This critical question drives our work in this area as we deploy a multi-pronged approach to supporting programs and policies that aim to keep our residents safe. We seek out partners and stakeholders in need of objective research, program evaluation, technical assistance and more to make informed—often innovative—decisions about criminal justice and safety policies and programs.
WRI conducts research, collects and analyzes data, and shares these findings with a broad range of stakeholders including policy makers, community leaders, service providers and more. We evaluate policies and programs for effectiveness so that resources are devoted to policies and programs that deliver results.
And our work is making an impact.
In Cumberland County, WRI provides staffing and technical support for the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC), a county-wide juvenile delinquency prevention effort funded by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Cumberland County Freeholders. Since inception, efforts in delinquency prevention and intervention helped close the Cumberland County Detention Center, saving over $1.5 million annually, and decreased juvenile arrests from 2012 to 2016 by nearly 45 percent.
Current and Ongoing Projects
Opioid Abuse Jail Diversion Program Planning and Evaluation
WRI is working with Camden County Correctional Facility to plan and evaluate their US Department of Justice-funded opioid abuse diversion program.
Steered Straight Inc. Back to Classroom Evaluation
WRI is working with Steered Straight, Inc. on an evaluation of their Back to Classroom Initiative.
On October 8, members of the Burlington County Partnership for Youth Success (BCPYS) presented a panel discussion on mental health among Burlington youth as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Hundreds of community members took part in a host of activities planned by CCPYDC for Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month in Cumberland County.
The Camden County Opioid Abuse Diversion Program (CCOAD) aims to reduce opioid misuse for those involved in the justice system.
Public Reports and Resources