Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Research Brought to Life

Shaping America’s response to crime

New SealA branch of the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the FSU Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research expands the influence of scholarship in the public policy arena and promotes evidence-based policy-making and practice at the state and national levels. The Center’s primary goal is to support data collection and research initiatives with application to crime and justice policy that promotes social justice. It works to achieve the following objectives:

  • Conduct rigorous, policy-relevant empirical research
  • Disseminate knowledge to policy makers, practitioners, and citizens
  • Contribute to the field of criminology with theoretically relevant and methodologically sound research published in leading academic journals

Building Interdisciplinary Partnerships

The Center maintains relationships with several federal and state agencies as well as local-level stakeholders in the prevention, correctional education, and criminal justice communities.

If your organization would like assistance with a research evaluation or is interested in developing a research partnership with the Center, please contact George Pesta, Director, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research.

Creating Unique Learning Opportunities

The Center provides excellent opportunities for graduate students to gain a diverse array of experience and perspectives while training to be tomorrow’s leaders in academia, policy making, and criminal justice practice. Master’s and Ph.D.-level students gain valuable experience working as assistants on externally-funded projects in the Center.

For information about getting involved with the Center, contact George Pesta, Director, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research.