The Center for the Study of Crime and Justice (CSCJ) in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University serves as the focal point for criminological and criminal justice education, engagement and research at the international, national, state, and local levels. CSCJ was formed in 2008 as a result of the efforts of Dr. Michael Hogan, Dr. Tara Shelley, Dr. Paul Stretesky (who left CSU in 2009) and Dr. Prabha Unnithan. Dr. Jennifer Harman of the Department of Psychology joined the Center in 2011 and Dr. Tara Opsal from the Department of Sociology did so in 2012. Dr. Malcolm Scott who is in the School of Social Work began working with CSCJ in 2014.

One of CSCJ's major areas of expertise include Green Criminology.

Fort Lupton Restorative Justice Project Capstone Class Picture
Dr. Tara O′Connor Shelley and CSU students Andrew Scott and Mike Carvill work with Town Administrator and Chief of Police, Jim Burack on Integrating Community Oriented Policing into the Design of a Police Facility
CSCJ undergraduate research assistant, Josh Olsen collecting court data with Betty Rangel, Town of Milliken Clerk, for the Milliken Community Court Evaluation.
CSCJ graduate research assistant D.J. Rogers maps and analyzes the nature and extent of robberies and burglaries involving controlled prescription drugs at retail pharmacies.
CSU Student Laine Majerus Learning About Harm Reduction Drug Policy in Prague, Czech Republic.
CSCJ graduate research assistant Alex Walker working with Sgt. Rocco Domenico as part of the Colorado State Patrol's Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) Program.
CSCJ graduate research assistant, Tyler Wilson works with CSU students as they administer a public opinion survey to Colorado residents on behalf of the Colorado State Patrol.
The CSCJ Research Team with Transformations Graduates and Facilitators Larry White and Vicky Connell.
Former CSU Professor Paul Stretesky, Former CSU Ph.D. Student Mike Long, Professor Mike Hogan and Professor Tara Shelley at the Environmental Crime and its Victims Conference in Delft, The Netherlands.
Professor Prabha Unnithan, CSCJ Director, presenting a workshop on publishing in the social sciences at the First International Conference on Behavioral and Social Science Research at the University Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kampar, Malaysia.
Dr. Tara Opsal documenting well pad distance from the Poudre River as part of ongoing research on ″Understanding the Nature of Citizen Complaints in the Case of Oil and Gas Activity in Colorado.″
Dr. Tara O′Connor Shelley tours a well pad as part of ongoing research on ″Understanding the Nature of Citizen Complaints in the Case of Oil and Gas Activity in Colorado.″
Dr. Tara O′Connor Shelley presenting research on ″Environmental Victimization: Citizen Experiences with Oil and Gas Activity in Colorado″ for the Economic and Social Research Council′s (ESRC) Green Criminology Conference at London South Bank University.