College of Arts and Sciences
Center for the Study of Crime and Justice

Collaborative Research

  • JUST RELEASED: An in-depth study by Seattle University Criminal Justice and Law professors found costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death.Combining all cost categories, the average cost of a death penalty case in Washington is $3.07 million, compared to $2.01 million (in 2010 dollars) for cases in which the prosecutor does not seek death. Adjusted to 2014 dollars, that difference is $1.15 million.

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    CURRENT RESEARCH: Criminal Justice Department Chair Jacqueline Helfgott is the principal investigator and Professor Will Parkin is co-investigator on Seattle Police Foundation projects to evaluate Seattle Police Department (SPD) micro-community policy plans and develop and administer a survey to measure perceptions of the SPD Crisis Intervention Team Model.


    The Center for the Study of Crime and Justice conducts primary research, including data collection and analysis, program evaluation, and collaborative research with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. Past projects have included:

    • Evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team/Mental Health Practitioner Pilot
    • Evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s “IF” Project
    • Evaluation of the King County Adult and Juvenile Detention’s Community Center for Alternative Programs 
    • A Day in the Life of a Day Reporting Center

    Research is conducted under the direction of faculty in the Criminal Justice Department. Subscribe here to receive research reports.

    If you are interested in exploring collaborative research opportunities with the department please contact Dr. Jaqueline Helfgott (