Richard R. Peterson, Ph.D.
Director, Research Department

Richard R. Peterson joined CJA as a Senior Research Analyst in 1998. He became Chair of the Research Department in 2000 and was named Director of the Research Department in 2002. He conducts research on criminal justice processing of domestic violence cases in New York City. Prior to joining CJA, he was a Program Officer at the Social Science Research Council, and directed the Center for Applied Social Science Research at New York University. He has taught Sociology courses at Columbia, Barnard, NYU and Bard College. He has published articles on women in the labor market, child care, and divorce and is the author of Women, Work and Divorce (SUNY Press, 1989). He has an A.B. in Sociology from Georgetown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University.

Tiffany Bergin, Ph.D.
Senior Research Analyst
Tiffany Bergin joined CJA as a Senior Research Analyst in 2017. Prior to joining CJA she previously held the positions of Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University (Ohio), and Director of Studies in Politics, Psychology, and Sociology at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). She is the author of The Evidence Enigma (Ashgate, 2013), Regulating Alcohol Around the World: Policy Cocktails (Ashgate, 2013), and a textbook on research methods (forthcoming from Sage). She is also co-editor of Forging a Socio-Legal Approach to Environmental Harms: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2017). She has an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge.

Russell Ferri, Ph.D.
Senior Research Analyst
Russell Ferri joined CJA in 2015 as a Junior Research Analyst.  He was promoted to Research Analyst in 2016 and Senior Research Analyst in 2017.  He conducts research and evaluations of CJA’s Bail Expediting Program (BEX) and Supervised Release program in Queens.  He also manages the publication of CJA’s Annual Report.  Prior to joining CJA Russell worked as a consultant at Outright Action International and a Research Associate at Culture of Respect.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University.  He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MA in Law and Society from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.

Marian J. Gewirtz
Senior Research Analyst

Marian Gewirtz has been a member of the Research Department since 1976. She served as Research Director from 1981 to 1983 and was responsible for early CJA research evaluating Agency operations, including studies of court-date notification efforts and patterns of failure to appear. She directed the Assigned Counsel Eligibility Screening Project. She currently prepares the Agency report on juvenile offenders prosecuted in the adult court and the data for the New York City sites for the State Court Processing Statistics Program, a Bureau of Justice Statistics project administered by the Pretrial Services Resource Center. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. in Sociology from Indiana University.

Stephen Koppel, J.D.
Junior Research Analyst
Stephen Koppel joined CJA as a Junior Research Analyst in 2017.  His research interests include drug policy, juvenile justice, and prosecutorial discretion.  Prior to joining CJA, he was a Behavioral Science Training (BST) Fellow in Drug Abuse Research at New York University.  He has taught courses in criminal justice at John Jay College, and has published several articles on law and criminal justice related topics.  He has a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, is a member of the New York State Bar, and is a candidate in John Jay College’s Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice.

Miles Riemer-Peltz
Data Analyst
Miles Riemer-Peltz joined CJA as a Research Assistant in 2010 and was promoted to Senior Research Assistant in 2012. After a two year hiatus to travel the world he rejoined the Research Department as a Data Analyst in 2015. Miles contributes to a variety of research projects by managing data-cleaning routines, preparing datasets and statistical tables, and participating in the writing of reports. Additionally, he conducted independent research on the relationship between Contact Verification and the Risk Recommendation System. Outside of the field of criminal justice, he has published articles concerning conceptual metaphor theory and embodiment. Miles has a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor concentration in Creative Writing from Gettysburg College.

Freda F. Solomon, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow

Freda F. Solomon joined CJA in 1988 as a Senior Research Analyst, and then served as the Deputy Research Director from 1989-2000, before being promoted to Senior Research Fellow. At CJA she has conducted a number of studies on the court impact of changes in criminal justice policies in New York City. Among these studies have been research relating to drug enforcement initiatives, and more recently, to changes in the characteristics, case processing and Criminal Court outcomes of defendants charged with quality-of-life offenses. She also has written about specialized jurisdiction criminal courts and women offenders, in both historical and contemporary contexts. A graduate of Clark University, she received an M.A. in Government from the American University College of Public Affairs, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.

Lauren A. Wilson, M.Ed.
Communications Associate, Research Department
Lauren A. Wilson (“Law”) joined CJA as a Communications Associate in 2015.  At CJA, Lauren is responsible for developing media strategies to increase public awareness of our research and the mission of the Agency, as well as providing administrative support to the Research Department.  Prior to joining CJA, Lauren worked as a Program Manager of a national non-profit geared toward mobilizing and electing Black women to office.  Lauren was in charge of communication operations and administrative work.  Lauren has a B.A. in English from Claflin University, focusing on creative writing, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, focusing on equity, ethics, and justice.


Recent Reports

Release and Bail

Understanding the Past, Imagining the Future: 13 Highlights from 30 Years of New York City Criminal Justice Data

Aubrey Fox, Stephen Koppel, Ph.D., Freda F. Solomon, Ph.D. (2018)
CJA Annual Report

CJA Annual Report 2016


Annual Report on the Adult Court Case Processing of Juvenile Offenders in New York City, January Through December 2016

Marian J. Gewirtz (2018)
ATI/ATD Programs

Research Brief No. 42: Reducing Unnecessary Pretrial Detention: CJA's Manhattan Supervised Release Program

Freda F. Solomon, Ph.D., Russell F. Ferri, Ph.D. (2017)