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.

Mary T. Phillips, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Research Department

Mary Phillips joined CJA as a Research Analyst in 1992.  She was promoted to Senior Research Analyst in 1993 and to Deputy Director of the Research Department in 2006.  Her research interests include New York’s bail system and patterns in pretrial release and detention.  She is editor of CJA's Research Brief series and head of the Department's Publications Unit.  Prior to joining CJA, she was Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. John's University on Staten Island.  Outside the field of criminal justice, she has published articles on the sociology of animal research and is co-author of Animal Research and Ethical Conflict (Springer-Verlag, 1989).  She has a B.A. in Sociology from Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.

Raymond P. Caligiure
Graphics and Production Specialist

Raymond Caligiure joined CJA as a Research Assistant in 1987.  He was promoted to Senior Research Assistant in 1990 and to Graphics and Production Specialist in 2000.  He prepares all the tables and graphs for the Annual Report series and the annual Agency report on juvenile offenders prosecuted in the adult court, as well as many of the graphics used in other reports and Research Briefs.  He has contributed to the development and ongoing maintenance of the Research portion of CJA's web site, and formats and converts all publications for online viewing.  He is also responsible for archiving Research project files.  In addition, he provides technical assistance as a member of the Publications Unit.  He has a B.A. in English with a minor in Journalism from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

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 PhD 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

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)
CJA Annual Report

Annual Report 2015


Annual Report on the Adult Court Case Processing of Juvenile Offenders in New York City, January through December 2015

Marian J. Gewirtz (2016)

Research Brief No. 41: Post-Disposition Re-Arrests of Juvenile Offenders

Marian J. Gewirtz (2016)