Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research
Research Brought to Life
Real Lives. Real Problems. Real Solutions.
The Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research (the Center) expands the influence of scholarship in the public policy arena. The Center promotes the use of evidence-based criminological research in policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. The Center’s primary goal is to support data collection and research initiatives with application to crime and justice policy to promote social justice. The Center pursues these goals through the following research institutes:
- Aging Adult Fraud Research & Policy Institute
- Biosocial Criminology Research & Policy Institute
- Corrections Research & Policy Institute
- Crime Victim Research & Policy Institute
- Hate Crime Research & Policy Institute
- International and Comparative Criminology Research and Policy Institute
- Jail Research & Policy Institute
- Juvenile and Adult Correctional Education Research & Policy Institute
- Juvenile Justice Research & Policy Institute
- Law Enforcement Research & Policy Institute
- Race and Crime Research & Policy Institute
Each institute produces rigorous, policy relevant research in close partnership with local, state, and national criminal justice agencies. Some of the Center’s partner agencies include the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC), the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission. Through partnering agencies and other outlets, research findings are disseminated to policy makers, practitioners, and citizens to guide policy and practice. Finally, each research institute contributes to the discipline of criminology with theoretically relevant and methodologically sound research published in leading academic journals.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COLLEGE
The College of Criminology and Criminal Justice has built is nationally ranked programs around three overlapping principles: Research, Education, and Service. Combined theses principles are the foundation from which the College and the Center for Criminology and Public Police Research achieve their top priorities of creating future leaders in the field who will ultimately reduce the pain and suffering associated with crime though the creation of evidence-based criminal justice policy.
As a branch of the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Center works closely with college faculty and graduate students. Several of the Center’s institutes are directed by college faculty or have faculty affiliates, and the College’s faculty members lead most of the Center’s projects. In addition, masters and doctoral students gain valuable experience working as research assistants on externally-funded projects. Through the Center, graduate students are provided excellent opportunities to gain a wide array of experiences and diverse perspectives while training to be tomorrow’s leaders in criminal justice academia, policy, and practice.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Thomas G. Blomberg, Ph.D.
CO-DIRECTOR | George B. Pesta, Ph.D.
CO-DIRECTOR | Julie Brancale, Ph.D.
For more information on the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research, contact George B. Pesta, Ph.D., Co-Director, (850) 645-6101; firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Brancale, Ph.D., Co-Director, (850) 644-4990; Julie.Brancale@fsu.edu