Research / Themes / Shaping policy
How criminal justice policies and practices are formed and implemented have enormous implications for how society approaches crime control and social problems. Our Department has a long tradition of scholarship that considers criminal justice policy development, implementation, and evaluation. Our research adheres to rigorous methodological and theoretical frameworks, and carefully considers the policy implications. Accordingly, our faculty is actively engaged with policy makers and agency staff at all levels of government, the criminal justice system, and community organizations. The translation of research to practice and policy is a core part of our Departmental mission. We want our work to help policy makers develop and implement effective policies, programs, and legislation informed by rigorous and theoretically-based research. Beyond ongoing research activities, Department faculty achieves these goals through participation on policy advisory committees, Boards of Directors, public debates, legislative testimony, presentations to legislatures and executive branch staff, and media work.