Criminology & Criminal Justice Research Initiative

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Initiative serves as a resource for public, private and nonprofit criminal justice entities that respond to crime and victimization issues in Colorado. We work with law enforcement agencies, the courts, corrections, victim advocacy groups and others to provide cutting-edge research and analysis on pressing criminal justice issues.

Drawing on diverse skills and expertise within the School of Public Affairs, the center provides a broad range of services to strengthen the partnership between practitioners and academics. Our goal is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice systems in Colorado.

Our services

We provide consultation and training in several areas, including:

  • Public management and finance
  • Organizational and technological change
  • Development of analytical and evaluation capacity
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Intelligence-led, evidence-based, community-oriented practice
  • Program outcome, process, and cost-benefit evaluations
  • Policy analysis, reviews, and briefs
  • Grant writing assistance and partnership

We also facilitate public forums on criminal justice policy issues which are pressing at the local, state, national, and international levels. Our recent events have focused on Crime and Weapons in Colorado; Marijuana and Driving; and Colorado’s Response to Domestic Violence.