Justice, Safety, and Resilience

Our research in justice, safety, and resilience is founded on the idea that these and related issues are best understood in the context of surrounding social ills, systems, and policies. Domestically, we conduct research for federal agencies but also work with state and local agencies and non-governmental organizations. Internationally, we work in individual countries on violence prevention, organized crime and gang intervention strategies, and policing responses to crime.

Versatility and multidisciplinary methods are the hallmark of our work. In addition to expertise in crime, delinquency, corrections, law enforcement, and justice, our research staff draw on diverse expertise across RTI in substance abuse, physical and mental health, employment and training, housing, education, and forensics. Several of our experts are affiliated with the RTI Global Gender Center

Our capabilities include basic and applied research, program development and implementation, multisite program evaluation, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, cost-benefit analysis, research computing, and dissemination. 

Research Practice Areas

  • Courts and corrections
  • Policing, security, and investigative science
  • Drug, violence, and delinquency prevention

Project Highlights

Survey finds the percentage of undergraduate women at 9 colleges who were sexually assaulted during 2014-2015 academic year varied considerably

In a survey of students at nine U.S. colleges and universities, the percentage of undergraduate women who experienced... Read more »


Kevin J. Strom
Director, Policing, Security, and Investigative Science Program
Christopher P. Krebs
Senior Research Social Scientist
Pamela K. Lattimore
Principal Scientist: Crime, Justice Policy, and Behavior Program