Collins Publishes on Use of Statistics in Criminal Justice

Written by Laura Paskin
July 24, 2015

Criminal Justice Professor Peter Collins published Understanding and Using Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice with Jonathon A. Cooper and Anthony Walsh (Oxford University Press, 2015). The book is designed to prepare Criminal Justice students to critically examine the use and interpretation of statistics.

"Criminal Justice students are often apprehensive about taking statistics courses that are essential for their professional development," Collins said. "We take a conceptual, step-by-step approach with real-world examples to introduce students to statistical thinking."

Understanding and Using Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice shows students how to critically examine the use and interpretation of statistics, covering not only the basics but also the essential probabilistic statistics that students will need in their future careers. Designed for students of at all levels of math ability, the book explains techniques using detailed examples taken from real journals. The authors explain the purpose of hypothesis testing, clarifying the concept of probability and its relationship to statistics.

Collins, who received his PhD from Washington State University, joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2011. He focuses his research and scholarship on cost-benefit and evaluation research, criminal justice policy analysis, substance abuse treatment, and organizational management. His recent books include Cost-Benefit Analysis in Criminal Justice: An Example Application to a Statewide Drug Treatment System (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2014), and Criminal Justice Management: Theory and Practice in Justice Centered Organizations, with Mary K. Stohr (Routledge, 2014). He also edited, with David C. Brody, Crime and Justice in the City as Seen Through The Wire (Carolina Academic Press, 2013).

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and 7 master's degrees. The Criminal Justice Department offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in criminal justice, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and an online graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis.