Message from the Director

Welcome. The Center for Justice at Columbia University is committed to reducing the nation’s reliance on incarceration and advancing alternative approaches to safety and justice through education, research and policy. Its mission is to help transform a criminal justice system from one that is driven by punishment and retribution to one that is centered on prevention and healing. The Center is interdisciplinary and built around community collaboration. It works in partnership with schools, departments, centers and institutes across Columbia, other universities, government agencies, community organizations, advocates and those directly affected by the criminal justice system.

We invite you to use our website to get to learn about our work and to contact us if you are interested in learning more about any aspect of it.

Geraldine Downey, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Justice