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Director: Howard Henderson, Ph.D.


Mailing Address: 

Center for Justice Research 
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Street

Houston, TX  77004

Phone:  713.313.6843


The Center for Justice Research is a nonpartisan research center devoted to data-driven solutions for an equitable criminal justice system. The primary focus is to produce innovative solutions to criminal justice reform efforts by utilizing an experienced group of researchers working to understand and address the current challenges of the criminal justice system.

We are extremely grateful to the Center for Advancing Opportunity and the strategic partnership of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Charles Koch Foundation, and Koch Industries.  The Center provides a culturally responsive research approach to mass incarceration and criminal justice reform.  The Center for Justice Research positions itself in the best interest of a procedurally just criminal justice experience for members of disenfranchised communities.

The Center cultivates a small community of graduate students, as their goal is to increase the number of minority criminal justice researchers and faculty who focus on dismantling the unnecessary barriers between the police and the community, while also providing scientific approaches to the reduction of mass incarceration and racial/ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system through the continued mentorship of underrepresented groups in research on these issues.

Sample Publications

Jackson, R. & Henderson, H.  (Forthcoming).  Criminal justice students’ perceptions and awareness of racism and discrimination.  Race & Justice. 


Wilson, F., Schaefer, B., Blackburn, A. & Henderson, H.  (2019).  Symbolically annihilating female police officer capabilities: cultivating gendered police use of force expectations.  Women & Criminal Justice, 0,1-19. 

Bourgeois, J., Henry, T., Kwende, M., & Henderson, H.  (2019).  An examination of prosecutorial staff, budgets, caseloads and the need for change (Issue Brief No. 2).  

Center for Justice Research. (2018).  Racial disparity in Houston’s Pretrial Population.  (Issue Brief No. 1).  

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