The Institute on Race and Justice, an interdisciplinary research institute at Northeastern University, utilizes strategic social science research methodologies to assist government agencies, educational institutions, and members of the community in the development of policy changes to advance the cause of social justice. The Institute's steering committee is composed of professors and researchers from Northeastern's College of Criminal Justice, School of Law, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of African American Studies, and School of Education.
The mission of Northeastern University's Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research is to utilize strategic social science research methodologies in the endeavor to assist government agencies, educational institutions, and members of the private section with development, enhancement, and implementation of contemporary criminal justice policies and issues.
In June 2001, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice, awarded the Northeastern research team a grant to create this web-based Racial Profiling Data Collection Resource Center. We thank the BJA for their generous assistance in providing for this valuable resource.
This website was designed and built by Deanna Brown Aho, Katelynn O'Brien, and Sue Aman of Bowsprit Media.
Thanks to students from the Northeastern University School of Law's Law, Culture, and Difference Program for assistance with much of the research that built the content on the site. Thanks also to law students Heather Chang, Jeanette Blanco, and Michael Tumposky for research on consent decrees, legislation, and litigation activities.
This site is designed to be a central clearinghouse for police agencies, legislators, community leaders, social scientists, legal researchers, and journalists to access information about current data collection efforts, legislation and model policies, police-community initiatives, and methodological tools that can be used to collect and analyze data. We hope it will serve to facilitate an exchange of information and ideas between police departments, community groups, and academic partners and will assist in the implementation of data collection programs by simplifying users' ability to gather information.
The website contains information on the background of data collection, jurisdictions currently collecting data, community groups, legislation that is pending and enacted in states across the country, and has information on planning and implementing data collection procedures, training officers in to implement these systems, and analyzing and reporting the data and results.
If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us:
Institute on Race and Justice
400 Churchill Hall
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000