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Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation

The Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation serves as a center for research and training on topics including implicit bias, sentencing reform, and improving trial procedures.

Mission Statement

Drake University Law School’s Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation (IJRI) is dedicated to enhancing and modernizing both civil and criminal justice to better serve and meet the needs of 21st century justice in America. Through scholarship, empirical research, education, training, and policy advocacy, the IJRI works to enhance efficiency, fairness, accountability, and trust in our justice systems.

The IJRI is independent and nonpartisan and forges relationships with lawyers, judges, former jurors, court administrators, multi-disciplinary academics, non-profit advocacy groups and think tanks, and law students to achieve its goal of enhancing justice in the 21st century.

More Information

Find more information about the IJRI's director, Hon. Mark W. Bennett (Ret.), as well as a repository of resources in civil and criminal justice.


Hon. Mark W. Bennett (Ret.), Director of the Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation
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