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This is a collection of useful research sources for those interested in writing policy on Equal Justice. If you are having trouble accessing or finding any of the research resources listed below, or would like to suggest an addition, please e-mail

This research depository will be updated constantly, so make sure to check back! 



Children’s Defense Fund 


Center for American Progress: Civil Rights, Liberties, and Justice

NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund, Inc

Criminal Justice

Center for American Progress: Civil Rights, Liberties and Justice

NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund, Inc: Criminal Justice Program

Pew Center on the States: Corrections and Public Safety

The Sentencing Project

Urban Institute: Crime and Justice Center and Justice Policy Center

US Dept. of Justice: National Institute of Corrections

US Dept of Justice: National Institute of Justice

US Dept of Justice: Office of Justice Programs (great catalog of all federal programs pertaining to criminal justice)


American Civil Liberties Union: Voting Rights Project

Brookings/American Enterprise Institute: Election Reform Project (Provides a diversity of perspectives progressive and conservative on the issue of Electoral reform.

Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University

NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund: Voter Protection Project

LGBT Rights

Center for American Progress: Civil Rights, Liberties and Justice

Human Rights Watch

NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund, Inc: Right to Marry Project

Poverty and Homelessness

Brookings: Metropolitan Policy Program

Center for American Progress:

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Center on Law and Social Policy

Half in Ten: The Campaign to Cut Poverty in Ten Years

Harlem Children's Zone

List of State Homeless and Housing Advocacy Organizations

NAACP Legal and Education Defense Fund: Economic Justice Program

National Alliance to End Homelessness

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Coalition for Low-Income Housing:

-State Internet Research Repository

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Urban Institute:

US Department of Housing and Urban Development:

-Office of Policy Development and Research 


Poverty in America


Gay Rights

Women's Rights

Criminal Justice

Civil Rights

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

This week in civil rights (a weekly email newsletter) 

Scholarly Database

(Please consult your University Library to gain access to these databases)



World Cat

Lexis Nexis

Statistical Resources

Criminal Justice

FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports: Hate Crime Statistics

Justice Department: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Justice Research and Statistics Association (Great place to find state justice statistics)

Sentencing Project: Criminal Justice Statistics by State

US Census: American Community Survey

US Sentencing Commission: Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Stats

Poverty and Homelessness:

National Coalition on Human Needs: State-by-State Data on Human Needs

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law: 2008 Poverty Scorecard (rates all Members of congress on how they voted on anti-poverty legislation)

US Census: American Community Survey


Criminal Justice

One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008 (Pew Center on the States)

One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections 2009 (Pew Center on the States)

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

“The Future of Fair Housing: Report of the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal opportunity” Dec. 2008”


Executive Summary:

Entire Report:

LGBT Rights
  • “Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial, and the Fate of Binational Same-Sex Couples under U.S. Law” Human Rights Watch, May 2006

 Recommended Reading

Criminal Justice

Harcourt, Bernard E. Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken Windows Policing. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2001.   


Mauer, Marc, and Meda Chesney-Lind, eds. Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment. New York: New P, 2002.


Watch: Frontline: The Plea -

Public Housing and Urban Poverty
  • American Project, Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
  • Black Picket Fences, Mary Pattillo
  • Poverty and Place: Ghettos, Barrios, and the American City, Paul A. Jargowsky
  • The Promised Land, Nicholas Lehman
  • The Truly Disadvantaged, William Julius Wilson
  • There Are No Children Here, Alex Kotlowitz
Welfare and the Social Safety Net
  • American Dream, Jason DeParle