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The CJRA is a centralized resource of authoritative experts and scholarly studies created to provide policymakers, practitioners and the public direct access to relevant research on crime and criminal justice issues. CJRA provides objective research to inform legislators in criminal justice policy and appropriation decisions as well as reporters covering criminal justice topics in the news.

The CJRA is a joint project of the ASC and ACJS and both organizations have policy committees that have agreed to do the work of periodically assessing expert directory applications submitted. Although members of both organizations can apply to become experts in CJRA’s expert directory, we ask that you submit an application to only one of the organizations. The ASC’s Policy Committee considers the applications of ASC members who choose to submit through ASC. For more information regarding ASC’s expert directory selection process, go to CJRA Expert Directory Selection Process

Link to the CJRA expert directory application form - Word file
Link to the CJRA expert directory application form - PDF file

If you would like your application considered at the next meeting of the ASC’s policy committee, please email the required application materials to the Chair of the ASC Policy Committee via email (Natasha Frost (ascpolicycommittee@gmail.com), with the subject line “CJRA Expert Application.”
Required application materials
The Committee will only consider complete applications.  To be considered complete, applications must include four attachments:

  1. A narrative letter describing the applicant’s areas of substantive expertise and qualifications identifying key intellectual contributions and/or publications in the area. The letter of application must clearly indicate that the applicant is willing and able to take calls and answer media inquiries on short notice.
  2. A completed application form
  3. A brief narrative biography (of no more than 250 words) articulating specific areas of expertise.
  4. A current copy of the applicant’s CV or resume.

Evaluation criteria
Applicants must be ASC members in good standing and have an earned doctorate (or have earned a JD or MA/MS degree with five years of relevant experience). As an academic expert, publications reflecting sufficient expertise in the subject matter area(s) are required. You must meet the criteria for each subject matter area you have identified. The totality of contributions in each area will be considered with preference given to those meeting the criteria in at least two of the four areas below:

  1. A minimum or 1-2 books or monographs in the past 7 years.
  2. A minimum of 3-5 peer-reviewed publications in the past 7 years and/or
  3. A minimum of 3-5 reputable practitioner and reference publication authorships in the past 7 years.
  4. Evidence of receipt of competitive funding for research in the area in the past 7 years. 

Applications will be considered at the quarterly meetings of the policy committee and you will be notified as to the status of your application shortly after the meeting at which your application is considered. In the meantime, please feel free to contact ASC Policy Committee Chair, Natasha Frost (ascpolicycommittee@gmail.com), should you have any questions. 

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