Dr. Wilson R. Palacios, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida and Center on Race, Crime, and Justice Advisory Board Member, and  Dr. Robert Heimer, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and Director of CIRA’s Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, have been awarded a diversity research supplement from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The research seeks to explore and understand the influence of environment on HIV risk and transmission among suburban injection drug users (IDUs) residing in Connecticut.

Click Here to learn more about this project.



Join Medgar Evers College for a 3-day Criminal Justice Symposium, with a series of specially designed seminars to help professionals in various disciplines work more effectively with formerly incarcerated people and their families. Seminars will be taught by Dr. Divine Pryor and Mr. Eddie Ellis, M.P.S., nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of criminal justice reform. Both have served on the National Re-entry Policy Council for the Council of State Governors and numerous other national criminal justice boards. Mr. Ellis and Dr. Pryor serve as Executive and Deputy Executive Director, respectively, of the Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Seminars are open to community or faith-based service providers, law enforcement officers, social service workers, educators, government agency personnel, attorneys, students and others. Coffee and light morning refreshments served. Daily schedule 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Seminars run consecutively.



On June 30, 2009, the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice hosted the Power of One Racial Justice Awards.

Co-sponsored with the Department of African-American Studies, the Power of One Racial Justice Awards recognize individuals who have dared to take on issues related to race and the criminal justice system and made a difference in how justice is administered and/or called public attention to long standing race, crime and justice concerns that had gone under-addressed or unaddressed.

The 2009 recipients were:

The late Honorable Robert E. Francis, for the significant racial implications associated with his analysis and decision in the case of State v. Soto in New Jersey.

Celeste Fitzgerald, Program Director of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, for her remarkable work to abolish capital punishment in New Jersey.

Former New York Post reporter, Leonardo Blair, for risking his job to speak out against his personal treatment at the hands of the NYPD.


Click Here for information about each recipient.

Click Here for the Opening Remarks given by John Jay Provost Jane Bowers.

Click Here for the event announcement.

Click Here for Leonardo Blair's NYCLU video describing his encounter with the NYPD.

Click Here for Leonardo Blair's New York Post article.



ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science - Race, Crime, and Justice: Contexts and Complexities

May 2009, Volume 623, No. 1

Special editors: Lauren J. Krivo and Center on Race, Crime, and Justice Advisory Board Member Ruth D. Peterson






Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

By Advisory Board Co-Chair Paul Butler

The New Press, 2009



Encyclopedia of Race and Crime

Ed. by Helen Taylor Greene, Advisory Board Member, and Shaun L. Gabbidon

Sage, 2009




Color of Crime (Second Edition): Racial Hoaxes, White Fear, Black Protectionism, Police Harassment, and Other Macroaggressions

By Katheryn Russell-Brown, Center on Race, Crime, and Justice Advisory Board Member

New York University Press, 2008







In The News


New and Upcoming Scholarship on Race, Crime and Justice


Race, Crime, and Justice Related Publications by Faculty and Visiting Faculty


Visiting Scholars


Police Accountability

Recent Research


Immigraton Policy and Practice

• Recent Research


Student Education for Advocacy


Related Links


Student Fellows


Race, Crime and Justice: A Fresh Look at Old Questions (2008 Orison S. Marden Lecture delivered to The New York City Bar Association by President Jeremy Travis)


The Role of Critical Race Theory in Understanding Race, Crime, and Justice Issues

(Inaugural Colloquium delivered by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law)


And Justice for All? Assessing the Changing Climate for Criminal Justice Reform

2008 Annual Colloquium by Advisory Board Member Marc Mauer, Director, The Sentencing Project


Congratulations to our 2009 Power of One Racial Justice Awards Recipients:

The late Honorable Robert E. Francis, Superior Court of New Jersey

Celeste Fitzgerald, Program Director of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Leonardo Blair, freelance journalist, formerly of the New York Post

Click Here to go to our Announcements page to read more about the Awards and recipients


Race and Crime Bibliography


Advisory Board


Dr. Delores Jones Brown, Director