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Corrections Strategic Research Plan 2018-2023

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Date Published
October 2018
26 pages

Revision Underway

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This U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) Corrections Strategic Research Plan for 2018-2023 describes NIJ's current and projected efforts to assist corrections practitioners and policymakers improve public safety by promoting research that produces a better understanding of the interrelated areas of corrections personnel, organizational practices, and the experiences of adults and juveniles involved with the correctional system.


This report should be of interest to researchers; federal, state, local, tribal, and international government partners; and justice policymaker and practitioner communities. One strategic priority in this plan is to "promote and support research to optimize workforce development for corrections personnel." The objectives of the action plan for this priority are to support research that optimizes the corrections workforce and to promote research on corrections workforce training and education. A second strategic priority is to "promote and support research to enhance corrections practices." These are the five objectives of this priority's action plan: 1) Promote and support research that improves the operations of corrections organizations; 2) examine the operations of corrections; 3) examine the impact of organizational climate on corrections operations; 4) Examine organizational and systemic conditions that impact public safety; and 5) Study the impact of external influences on corrections operations. The third strategic priority is to "promote and support research to examine the experiences of individuals involved with the corrections system." The objectives for the action plan for this priority are to examine the entry and trajectory of individuals within corrections systems and to promote research that examines the process of offender reintegration.