The Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC) was founded in 1989 as the only national crime and
criminal justice research institute in Korea and presently operates under the Office of the Prime Minister, as a member of the Korean Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences.
KIC conducts proactive interdisciplinary research to formulate and implement evidence-based policies for improved national crime prevention and criminal justice system. Researchers and staff collaborate in liaison with governmental and non-governmental institutes and agencies, as well as international organizations in order to investigate research issues and problems in the field of criminology and criminal justice, including police, prosecution, community treatment programs (electronic monitoring), cybercrime, juvenile delinquency, corruption, TOC, human trafficking, prisoner rehabilitation, and crime victimization.
KIC also prioritizes active involvement with the international community for legal assistance and cooperation through diverse joint projects and conferences. As a member of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (UNPNI) and close partner of many international organizations and universities abroad, the KIC carries out research projects and holds numerous international academic conferences, seminars and workshops in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and world-renowned organizations.
The Korean Institute of Criminology conducts research on human-oriented criminal justice policies.
Vision & Goals.
National Research Think-tank for Criminal Justice Reform
Policy Research for Criminal Justice Reform
Research on Criminal Justice Reform
Innovative Measures of Criminal Sanction and Correctional Treatment
Policy Research for Realizing a Fair, Just and Safe Society
Research on Criminal Justice Policy to Protect Vulnerable Populations and Improve Human Rights
Research on Alternative Policy to Eradicate Corruption and Unfair Practices
Research on Prevention-focused Criminal Justice Policy to Build a Safe Society
Evidence-based and Cooperative Research for Effective Alternative Policy
Evidence-based Research on Crime and Criminal Justice
Building an Information Management and Sharing System
Strengthening a Cooperative Research System to Address Complex Policy Challenges
Networks of Social and International Engagement
Improving Distribution Systems for Customized Research Products
Strengthening International Cooperation and Distribution of Research Products
Building Trust and Better Communication
Empowering Members and Strengthening Job Competencies
Managing under Democratic Principles
Promoting Transparency and Accountability as a Public Organization
To Contribute to Crime Prevention and Establish National
Criminal Justice Policies based on Scientific Research on
Crime and Criminal Vision Justice