The Urban Research and Resource Center works closely with one of its founders L. Anthony Johnson, who volunteered with the Barbara Jordan Policy Institute during the spring 2017. Working with the Jordan Institute, the URRC will research multiple topics related to criminal justice and criminal justice reform. Works in progress include re-entry, bail, recidivism and juvenile justice reform.
The URRC also plans to work with the university’s forensics division to develop a resource for the community that will be an alternative to traditional forensics centers and will provide experiential learning opportunities for TSU students.
In collaboration with the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, Inc. (lead organization), URRC is working with numerous community- based organizations and advocacy groups to address reforms needed in the Harris County Juvenile Justice System. The collaboration is currently reviewing wide disparities in the treatment of juveniles based on race, gender and poverty, the roles area schools play in referring juveniles to the system and working on a delivery system to help train stakeholders in effective diversion programs and tactics to more humanely address juvenile misbehavior.