Collaborative Research

Collaborative Research

Integrated into Seattle U's Criminal Justice Department

The Crime & Justice Research Center conducts primary research, including data collection and analysis, program evaluation, and collaborative research with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies.

Featured Research

Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests, Referrals, and Charges

Seattle Report

Jacqueline B. Helfgott | William S. Parkin | Christopher Fisher | Lauren Morgan | Simran Kaur

Examining trends in misdemeanor arrests, charges, and referrals as one of seven jurisdictions in the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice to provide information of value to policymakers, criminal justice professionals, and researchers in Seattle and nationwide to replicate findings from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Image with Seattle U banners, Space Needle with Seattle Police Department vehicle, photo of John Jay College

Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests, Referrals, & Charges in Seattle is part of the Misdemeanor Justice Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.


Selected Examples of Collaborative Research with Criminal Justice Agency Partners 

  • Helfgott, J.B., Connor, D.P., Strah, B.M., & Giuffre, A. (April 3, 2019). Attitudes and Experiences of Registered Sex and Kidnapping Offenders in Washington State: Final Report. Seattle, WA. 

    This report presents findings from a survey of 402 registered sex and kidnapping offenders in Washington State regarding their perceptions of registration and notification as implemented by Washington State’s Community Protection Act and the federal system’s Sex Offender Notification Act. The purpose of this research is to examine the views of registrants regarding the impact of registration to in Washington State to understand how registration impacts the reintegration of sex and kidnapping offenders in the community post-registration. The findings offer information to better understand the impact of sex and kidnapping registration from the perspective of registrants and the ways in which registration may impact community reintegration and reentry.

  • (Collaboration with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) (click on title for pdf)  
    This report presents results from a research effort focused on training at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) evaluating the impact of curriculum changes implemented as part of the warrior to guardian cultural shift including Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).  The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effect of changes in the curriculum and environment at WSCJTC on officer attitudes and knowledge. This report presents findings from the longitudinal continuation of the pilot evaluation completed in 2015 with focus on the relationship between officer characteristics and training effects.
  • Yesler Terrace Public Safety Pamphlet
    (click on title for pdf)
    A final report and pamphlet presenting findings of a public safety assessment of the Yesler Terrace housing development. The study was funded by the Seattle Housing Authority and involved a partnership between SHA and Seattle University to collect data on the impact of redevelopment of Yesler Terrace on public safety and the development of a Yesler Terrace Public Safety Plan.
  • Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (In Press). A day in the life of a day reporting center. Corrections Compendium. (Collaboration with King County Department of Juvenile and Adult Detention/ Community Center for Alternative Programs (CCAP))
    An evaluation of the KCJAD CCAP’s Day Reporting Center Program.  

Research is conducted under the direction of faculty in the Criminal Justice Department. 

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


Contact Us

  • Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

    Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

    Crime and Justice Research Center


  • Jonathan Bechtol

    Jonathan Bechtol

    Administrative Assistant

Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society


Elaine Gunnison, PhD
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences