Our Mission

Welcome to The Crime Report!

“Any good journalist is an activist for truth, in favor of transparency, on behalf of accountability”—Wesley Lowery, Washington Post

That sentence perfectly describes the concept guiding The Crime Report’s path-breaking approach to covering the multiple and complex challenges of 21st century criminal justice.

We are a nonprofit multimedia information and networking resource based at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Published daily online, Monday through Friday, our award-winning site is staffed by working journalists in New York, Washington and Los Angeles; and provides comprehensive reporting, informed commentary, and analysis of criminal justice news and research in the U.S. and abroad.

Since we launched our pioneering website in 2008, The Crime Report remains the primary non-partisan source for information about all aspects of the criminal justice for thousands of scholars, practitioners, students, and journalists across the nation.

With an audience including the White House and the Department of Justice, law enforcement agencies, law offices and campuses around the U.S. and overseas —and endorsed by the American Library Association, senior criminologists, and the country’s leading crime and justice bloggers—TCR provides an independent marketplace of ideas for those who want more than the daily diet of crime headlines and political rhetoric, at a time when newsroom resources for investigative and analytical journalism are increasingly strained.

Our archive of over 50,000 posts (and growing) represents the nation’s most comprehensive online “Justice Library,” and a critical research and teaching tool.

TCR is a non-partisan, collaborative effort by two national organizations that focus on quality criminal justice journalism: The Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College, the nation’s leading practice-oriented think tank on crime and justice reporting, and Criminal Justice Journalists, the nation’s only membership organization of crime-beat journalists. We sponsor the annual John Jay “Justice Media Trailblazer” award, which has honored leading media figures such as Bill Moyers, Piper Kerman, Maria Hinojosa, Van Jones, and David Simon; and serve as a platform for the work of over 900 professional journalists who have participated in the fellowship and training programs in criminal justice administered by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice.

Our content is co-published in sites such as CBS.com, Salon.com and The Daily Beast, and it partners with a broad variety of news outlets across the country, such as the Congressional Victims’ Caucus, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Women’s Rights, Prison News, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago News Cooperative, and many others.

TCR is a proud member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a collaborative network of online investigative journalism sites.

Membership in TCR includes unlimited access to the site and a daily subscription to our email news digest. Please sign up here. A weekly email roundup of criminal justice news is available free. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

A media kit for advertisers and sponsors is available here.


[My interview with TCR] has been circulated within the Department of Justice, and many Major Cities Chiefs have contacted me regarding the points express and made in the interview. The response has been universally well received – even by justice officials on the ground now in Ferguson. I [wanted to] send you this note to let you know the reach and impact of The Crime Report.

James K. ‘CHIPS’ Stewart, Director, Public Safety and Security Division (CNA), former director of the National Institute of Justice

[R]eaders are perhaps used to me regularly praising The Crime Report for its impressive original reporting and interesting commentaries on an array of criminal justice issues.

—Douglas Berman, Sentencing, Law and Policy blog.

I wouldn’t be as good a teacher without it . The Crime Report is an invaluable teaching tool. It improves teaching by putting the most important stories at your fingertips.

–Scott Decker, Arizona State University

I’ve added it my course website and consider it an invaluable resource for students (and some good lecture ideas).

–Kevin W. Whiteacre, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology, University of Indianapolis.

[The Crime Report] has no peer in the business of tracking important developments in criminal justice. 

—Mark Obbie, Markobbie.com