In its continued efforts to spread the word of successful programs and achievements in criminal justice, the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) developed the National Institute of Justice Journal. Throughout this issue of the Journal, two themes are identified, examples of partnerships and collaboration between researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and agencies with related missions and examples of how the involvement of community contributes to better understanding of crime and an improved criminal justice system. These themes are presented through three featured articles. The first article attempts to clarify the research issues involved in the study of crime in public housing and summarizes some lessons learned from previous research, explores the variability among public housing communities, and suggests important new directions for studying crime in public housing. The next article presents an interview with NIJ research fellow Thomas Quinn on the role of restorative justice within the criminal justice system and what
research indicates for the future of restorative justice. The third featured article addresses the Federal, State, and local response to protecting our Nation’s public transportation system from terrorists. In addition to the above articles, a research summary is presented on sentencing guidelines and practices from a State-level perspective and future move towards more flexibility in sentencing. The journal concludes with information provided on NIJ funding solicitations and awards, as well as newly released publications.