Commitment to Drug Treatment in Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Harman, Dr. Shelley, and Dr. Hogan, with CSCJ graduate student Lauren Alessi, researched prior criminal and drug use behavior as predictors of commitment and social bonding to drug treatment programs and providers in several clinics in Prague, Czech Republic.
Dr. Shelley and the CSCJ, conducted a study on pharmaceutical drug diversion with an emphasis on the diversion of controlled prescription drugs that occur as a result of a robbery or burglary involving a retail pharmacy. The study involved an analysis of what is currently known about the topic, a national survey of drug diversion investigators and other law enforcement personnel, and interviews with convicted offenders involved in pharmaceutical diversion. One of the goals of the research was to gain understanding of the motivations and methods behind these crimes and identify possible preventive measures to enhance the security of pharmacies and the safety of customers and staff.
Colorado State Patrol Public Opinion Survey 2012
Dr. Hogan, Dr. Shelley and Dr. Unnithan along with a group of eight current and former CSU undergraduate and graduate students surveyed Colorado residents in the Summer and Fall of 2012 about their experiences with Colorado State Patrol (CSP). Survey participants answered questions regarding the Patrol's strategic focus, community outreach and enforcement operations over the phone or online. A final report was completed and a presentation made to the CSP leadership in 2013. CSCJ conducted a similar survey for CSP in 2010. The results from both surveys helped CSP connect with the people they serve and learn about how the organization and its initiatives were perceived by the public.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation Cold Case Survey
Dr. Unnithan and CSCJ graduate student Amber Reese worked with Colorado Bureau of Investigation personnel to design and conduct a second survey of the experiences of law enforcement agencies with cold case homicide investigations. CSCJ was involved in the analysis of data from the first survey completed in 2010. Data collected from this second survey were analyzed and compared to the 2010 findings. A final report was completed and presented at a meeting of the state-wide Cold Case Task Force in late-2013.
Restorative Justice and Shoplifting
Graduate student Tyler Wilson, Dr. Shelley, Dr. Unnithan, and Dr. Hogan conducted an evaluation of the City of Fort Collins RESTORE initiative, a Restorative Justice Program for young people involved in minor offenses such as shoplifting. More specifically, CSCJ researchers investigated the effects of restorative principles on the odds of re-offending. The team analyzed pre- and post-program survey data from participants of the program and produced two technical reports for program officials in 2013 regarding its effectiveness.
Milliken Community Court
Dr. Shelley, Dr. Hogan, and CSCJ graduate student D.J. Rogers conducted an evaluation of the Milliken Community Court. The purpose of a Community Court is to develop closer ties with the community, use collaborative problem solving strategies to respond to quality-of-life offenses, and handle cases using nontraditional means (e.g., alternative sanctions, restorative justice).
Corporate Crime Study
Dr. Shelley and Dr. Hogan conducted a public opinion study regarding corporate crime, economic insecurity, and punishment.
Colorado State Patrol, Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) Program
CSCJ conducted an evaluation of the Colorado State Patrol's Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks Program (TACT). The TACT program utilized education, media, enforcement, and evaluation to reduce aggressive and unsafe driving in and around commercial vehicles. The CSCJ evaluation consisted of analysis of the following data: citation and crash information along two intervention corridors and one control corridor; undercover traffic footage observing public driving behaviors when law enforcement personnel were not present; content analysis of TACT media messages; and, two public opinion surveys (pre/post TACT campaign) on aggressive driving, awareness of the media campaign associated with TACT, and other attitudes about traffic safety. Dr. Shelley and Dr. Hogan presented the major findings from this project to the CSP along with a final report.
Colorado Department of Corrections, Parole Division
Dr. Hogan and Dr. Unnithan collaborated with Dr. Mark Pogrebin of the University of Colorado-Denver and the Office of Offender Programs, Parole Division, Colorado Department of Corrections on an evaluation of the state's Pre-Release and Community Re-Entry Programs for individuals released on parole. Graduate students Andrew Prelog and Alexandra Naday collected needed information from the agency and conducted face-to-face interviews with parolees to assess the effectiveness of these programs in 2009-2010. Results of the evaluation of the two programs were presented to state parole officials.