America’s rural communities have yet to find their place in the national conversation about criminal justice reform. As a thought leader in the rural criminal justice field, the Deason Center is building infrastructure to support data-driven, community-informed criminal justice systems in America’s rural, small town, and tribal communities.
Confronting criminal justice problems with unique challenges, these communities need creative, data-based solutions. Addressing these problems requires research and reform tailored to particular institutional, structural, and demographic characteristics of rural criminal justice systems. Our comprehensive Rural Justice Campaign is committed to advocacy, research, and education efforts for stakeholders within these communities and in the criminal justice community more broadly.
The Deason 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. Working together, they share their experiences, discuss solutions, and collaborate on what real rural criminal justice reform looks like and how to implement it.
Through our Rural Criminal Justice Coalition, the Deason Center is establishing a network of rural practitioners and stakeholders across the country, creating connections through a remote practice community. Further, we produce an online Rural Resource Guide as a rich source of information about rural justice research and innovation for stakeholders, policymakers, and the public.