The Journal for Advancing Justice

A Peer-Reviewed Journal for Practical Use

The Journal for Advancing Justice is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that provides justice and public health professionals, policymakers, academics, scholars and researchers a forum to share evidence-based and promising practices on pressing issues facing the justice system today. The journal is supported by a grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Editor in Chief
Douglas B. Marlowe, JD, PhD

Associate Editor
John R. Gallagher, PhD

Associate Editor
Carolyn Hardin, MPA

Managing Editor
Brooke Glisson

Coming Soon: Volume V

Submissions are now being accepted for the upcoming Volume V: “Sustaining Long-Term Recovery as Part of Justice Reform.” See below for details and instructions for submissions.

Volume 1

Identifying and Rectifying Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Treatment Courts

Volume I was published in May 2018 and features six scholarly articles containing cutting-edge findings from the largest multi-site studies conducted to date on disparities in treatment courts. In addition, outcomes are reported from experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of culturally proficient interventions designed to neutralize barriers faced by some racial and ethnic groups in treatment courts and blunt the piercing impact of racial discrimination and implicit cultural biases. Confronting this critical issue head-on, Volume I provides critical insight into how treatment courts and the broader justice system can meet their most basic obligations to ensure justice for all persons and achieve their highest aspirations.

Volume II

Best Practices in the Justice System for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Volume II was published in July 2019. It acknowledges some of the very real barriers justice professionals face in deploying clinical best practices in legal settings for justice-involved persons with opioid use disorder, and addresses the profound, misguided and sometimes institutionalized lack of understanding about medication-assisted treatment (MAT). It provides a range of articles, written by both clinicians and justice professionals, that examine thoughtful clinical and legal strategies to enhance outcomes, provide insight into perspectives of and barriers to MAT, and review recent legal precedents that may have far-reaching effects on future criminal and legal cases.

Volume III

Emerging Best Practices in Law Enforcement Deflection and Community Supervision Programs

Volume III was published in January 2021. It addresses programs and interventions designed to assist individuals with mental health and substance use disorders who come to the attention of law enforcement and community corrections programs. It also analyzes community supervision practices in an effort to contribute to the research on effective strategies for probation, parole, and pretrial supervision programs. Through a range of articles written by both researchers and practitioners, this issue provides insight and analysis to assist field professionals and scholars alike in identifying promising programs and interventions as well as areas that require further investigation to solidify them as best practices.

Volume IV

Achieving Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections to Promote Recovery

Volume IV was published in July 2022. It evaluates the impact of several strategies to improve outcomes for individuals involved in the justice system through community corrections, including opioid intervention courts, peer recovery specialists, post-incarceration housing, jail sanctions, and HIV education. In addition to furthering research on these strategies, this volume calls for broadening collective understanding of substance use and mental health disorder recovery. Through a range of articles written by both researchers and practitioners, this issue provides insight and analysis to assist field professionals and scholars alike in identifying promising programs and interventions as well as areas that require further investigation to solidify them as best practices.

COMING SOON: Volume V

Sustaining Long-Term Recovery as Part of Justice Reform

The Journal for Advancing Justice invites submissions for its fifth volume, “Sustaining Long-Term Recovery as Part of Justice Reform.” This volume is scheduled to be published in late 2024 and is supported with grant funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President.

Authors may submit an abstract or precis of their proposed submission or may submit a full manuscript for consideration by the editorial board. Abstracts and manuscripts must be submitted using the journal’s online submission form below. To be considered for publication in Volume V, full manuscripts must be submitted no later than March 31, 2024.

The Journal for Advancing Justice seeks original research reports; research-based review articles or meta-analyses; or articles outlining a testable, conceptual paradigm and set of data-based recommendations. Preference will be given to manuscripts containing measurable definitions of long-term recovery from substance use and mental health disorders, as well as manuscripts focused on outcomes for justice-involved individuals that have implications for long-term recovery.

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