Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Completed Projects

Residential Positive Achievement Change Tool (R-PACT) Validation – This project involved a validation study of the Residential Positive Achievement Change Tool (R-PACT), a data collection tool used by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to identify residential youths’ criminogenic needs and risks.

Agricultural Crime Initiative – In conjunction with the Urban Institute, the Center evaluated the Agricultural Crime Technology Information and Operations Network involving the unified cross-agency cooperation of the agricultural commissioners, district attorney offices, and sheriff’s departments in several counties throughout California. The initiative used technology and training to assist law enforcement agencies to solve, prevent, and prosecute agricultural crime.

Educational Policy Research – Funded by the Florida Department of Education, this project assesses empirical evidence of teacher preparation programs, including organizational structure and curricula design, conducts other educational policy research, and provides preliminary recommendations to develop a restricted access educational data warehouse.

Electronic Monitoring – This project is federally funded through the National Institute of Justice. It evaluates the effectiveness of electronic monitoring for specific offender types, identifies explanations for the level of effectiveness, and conducts a cost-benefit analysis.

Florida Safe and Drug-Free Schools Quality Data Management Project – Funded by the Florida Department of Education, this project assesses local- and state-level school violence data reporting practices and develops recommendations to improve data quality. It provides data reports for school leaders, district administrators, community organizations, and state education leaders to use in decision-making processes related to policy, programming, and practice for prevention and intervention services related to bullying, drugs, and violence in schools.

Jail Alternatives – Funded through the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, this project involves three components: developing a ten-year jail population forecast, evaluating the COMPAS risk assessment screening instrument used for pre-trial decisions, and conducting a cost/benefit analysis of pretrial services.

Juvenile Justice Educational Enhancement Program – 2010 marked the 12th year of this project, which is funded by the Florida Department of Education. The Center conducted annual quality assurance reviews; provided technical assistance to the nearly 200 Florida juvenile justice programs with educational components; and conducted research on evidence-based practices.

Palm Beach County Youth Violence Prevention Program (Phase I) – Under contract with the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, the Center is collecting and analyzing data on crime and gun violence in order to assist in developing an implementation plan to address the county’s violence problem.

Juvenile Justice No Child Left Behind Collaboration Project – To address the lack of research and information available in the field of juvenile justice education, the Juvenile Justice NCLB Collaboration Project collected information and data from states in 2008 and built this resource.

Palm Beach County Youth Violence Prevention Program (Phase II) – Funded through the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, the Center conducted a two-year evaluation of the implementation of a national model program to reduce youth violence in Palm Beach County. The national model was implemented in five cities (program sites) and five cities were selected to serve as “control sites” by FSU in collaboration with the Criminal Justice Commission. Outcome data for the four program components (prevention, law enforcement, courts, and corrections) were collected and analyzed.

US 2010: America in the First Decade of the New Century – The purpose of the US2010 project was to use data from the decennial census, the American Community Survey, and other key sources to investigate the subtle shifts and long-term trends in American life and provide an analysis of what these developments may mean for the future.

An Evaluation of the Education Services Provided to Juveniles in the Polk County Jail – A three-year project to evaluate, monitor, and provide technical assistance to Polk County Schools regarding the education services for juveniles and direct file youth.

Revising the Florida Objective Parole Guidelines to Improve Prison Release Decisions – The Center provided recommendations to the Florida Parole Commission for revising their Parole Guidelines. This included follow-up and analysis of 255 parolees from 2004-2011. Project date: 2013.

Re-Validation of the Florida Department of Corrections’ Correctional Operations Trend Analysis System (COTAS) – Re-validation of the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) Correctional Operations Trend Analysis System (COTAS) by reviewers, from the Center and from Infinity Software.

Evaluation of the Palm Beach County (PBC) Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative (DVHPDI) – The goal of this project is to measure through formal evaluation the effectiveness of one of two domestic homicide prevention models, the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) or the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT).

Evaluation of the Palm Beach County Family Drug Court – The Center conducted a process and outcome evaluation of the Palm Beach County Family Drug Court (FDC). The evaluation involves an assessment of the extent to which the FDC has been implemented as intended and has provided services to participants in a manner consistent with its objectives.

Consumer Fraud Institute – Initially funded by a gift from the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the primary mission of CFI is to conduct policy-relevant research on a variety of consumer fraud-related issues.

Correctional Operations Trend Analysis System (COTAS) Validation – COTAS uses historical data to model the probability of incidents of violence occurring in all FDOC facilities in the state (at the facility and inmate levels).

GPS Monitoring Technologies and Domestic Violence: An Evaluation Study – This project examined the effectiveness of Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring of offenders arrested for domestic violence who are released pretrial from a local jail to determine if it is an effective correctional strategy to prevent reoffending.