Welcome to Criminal Justice Journalists

March 27, 2020

Criminal Justice Journalists, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1997. Our goal is to improve the quality and accuracy of news reporting on crime, law enforcement, and the judicial system. In January 2001, CJJ affiliated with the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology of the University of Pennsylvania. The center was founded by Jerry Lee, president of WBEB-FM in Philadelphia.

CJJ later affiliated with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. We publish The Crime Report website with the college’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice. For the latest Crime and Justice News, visit http://thecrimereport.org.

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Major Projects

Annual Review of News Media Coverage of Criminal Justice

CJJ each year talks to national experts about how well the media did in covering key issues during the previous year. See our review for 2019 on this site. Transcripts of earlier calls with experts can be viewed at TheCrimeReport.org, including this one for 2018.


Understanding Crime  and Justice Statistics

In the 1990s, CJJ began collaborating with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) to write a guide to journalists for interpreting crime statistics. We cover the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, the Bureau of Justice Statistics’s National Crime Victimization Survey, and other key statistical sources for reporters, not only on crime trends but also on the entire criminal justice system. The guide is available to CJJ members at the IRE member cost: $15. The third edition was published in 2016. You may order it on the IRE website.

Crime and Justice News Daily

July 13, 2016

To get Criminal Justice Journalists’ Crime and Justice News, published Monday through Friday with the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, visit http://thecrimereport.org