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

Study: Mass rape occurred during post-election violence in Kenya

New evidence shows mass rape occurred during the post-election violence period following the 2007 presidential electi... Read more »



Kevin J. Strom
Senior Research Criminologist
Christopher P. Krebs
Senior Research Social Scientist
Pamela K. Lattimore
Principal Scientist: Crime, Justice Policy, and Behavior Program