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Crime and Justice Research Center

We integrate research into our degrees in criminal justice and provide critical research support locally, regionally and nationally.

We recognize that crime and its prevention, response, and reparation are community concerns.

Our collaborative approach brings together researchers, academics, law enforcement personnel, judges, psychologists, sociologists, and others involved in the study of crime and the administration of justice. In addition to research and training, we conduct public events, engage in service initiatives, and serve as a referral resource for individuals affected by crime.

Crime and Justice Research Center Advisory Committee

We address community concerns through the integration of perspectives, strategies and approaches based on evidence-based practices and collaborative engagement with the Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Forensics.

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Students engage with faculty in research projects

Integrated into the Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Forensics, all of the Center’s research, training, and public information components involve undergraduate and graduate students. Students collaborate with faculty on research, in classroom service-learning projects, and projects for community organizations. Students may participate in the any of the center’s activities, including continuing education programs, executive sessions, and the executive academy.

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Continuing Education and Professional Training

We offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities, in person and virtual, throughout the year.

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Public Scholarship and Media Interviews

Our faculty are highly sought after subject matter experts. In addition to providing media with critical information for their stories, they also write and publish opinion pieces and editorials in publications across the country and beyond.

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Service Initiatives

Service initiatives may range from collaborative community-oriented events to assistance for individuals in need of resources related to crime and justice including criminal justice professionals, crime victims, individuals engaged in the reentry process and/or community members interested in crime and justice issues

Interested in collaborating with the department on service initiatives?