The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice (NI) is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. The effort aims to improve relationships and increase trust between communities and the criminal justice system. Fellow NI members include: the National Network for Safe Communities (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Center for Policing Equity (John Jay College of Criminal Justice and UCLA), and the Urban Institute.

Justice Collaboratory staff work in collaboration with other members of the NI to design intervention programs that aim to improve police-community relations in six pilot cities (Birmingham, Alabama; Ft. Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Stockton, California). The interventions have been developed based on existing research concerning procedural justice, implicit bias, and reconciliation.

Highlights of the Justice Collaboratory’s contributions to the NI include:

  1. A two-day training program in Procedural Justice—officers are taught using a train-the-trainer approach to help ensure sustainability inside the police department.  Post-training evidence suggests that officers who attend the training are more likely to endorse principles of procedural justice; and
  2. Principles of Procedurally Just Policing—a guide for police departments that wish to incorporate procedural justice as a foundational principle running through all of their policies. This document offers police departments a framework for comprehensive change.

In addition to supporting the efforts of the National Initiative generally, the Collaboratory convened a research roundtable featuring leading scholars from around the country who think and write about issues of procedural justice, implicit bias, and reconciliation. The final report from that convening serves as a guide to researchers around the globe about the current state of the scholarship in these areas and promising avenues for future exploration. The Collaboratory is currently in the process of co-producing, with the Urban Institute, reports and scholarly articles to disseminate the results of these interventions and their effects on building community trust and justice in the six pilot sites.

Principal Investigators
Tracey Meares
Tom Tyler

Research Team
Megan Quattlebaum

Institutional Partners
The National Network for Safe Communities
Center for Policing Equity
The Urban Institute