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America’s rural communities have yet to find their place in the national conversation about criminal justice reform. As a thought leader in rural criminal justice arena, the Deason Center is building infrastructure to support data-driven, community-informed criminal justice systems in America’s rural, small town, and tribal communities.

These communities confront unique criminal justice challenges. Solving those challenges will require research and reform tailored to the unique institutional, structural, and demographic characteristics of rural criminal justice systems. The Deason Center’s comprehensive Rural Justice Campaign is committed to advocacy, research and education efforts for stakeholders within these communities and in the criminal justice community more generally.

The Center’s annual Rural Criminal Justice Summit gathers stakeholders from every part of the criminal justice system and connects them with researchers and non-profit organizations. Through its Rural Criminal Justice Coalition, the Deason Center is building a network of rural practitioners and stakeholders across the country, providing them with a remote practice community. Finally, the Center’s online Rural Resource Guide is a rich source of information about rural justice research and innovation.