An interim director has been named at the Center for Health and Justice Research at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. Eric Grommon, an associate professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, will fill the position. He joined the criminal justice faculty at IUPUI in 2012 and has been a senior affiliate since 2016.

“The work CHJR does is critical to helping local policymakers transform the ways in which we address criminal justice and public safety issues in our community,” said Grommon, who also leads a CHJR partnership with the Indianapolis Office of Public Health and Safety on best practices. “It’s critically important that we continue to evaluate innovative methods for handling these problems, and I’m excited to be leading a team committed to that task.”

Grommon's research has focused on corrections and re-entry programs and has been included in a national clearinghouse of best practices. Grommon replaces Brad Ray, who left PPI in July to become the Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice at the Wayne State University.