Ongoing Projects

Women and Law Enforcement Project

Law enforcement remains a highly gendered institution and, in recent decades, the representation of women in law enforcement has stalled. While there was a great deal of discussion about this phenomenon in the 1980s and 1990s, little research has been conducted since that time. CSCJ researchers at Colorado State University are working with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell to better understand the experiences of female sworn personnel in a variety of law enforcement agencies. To accomplish this, researchers are interviewing women who are or have been employed in a law enforcement capacity. If you are interested in participating in this research or wish to learn more about the study, please contact Dr. Tara Shelley at CSCJ.


Larimer County Detention Center's Transformations Program

Dr. Shelley, Dr. Harman, and Dr. Opsal, with CSCJ graduate students Amber Reese and Michael Ioerger, are assessing recidivism-related outcomes associated with participation in the Transformations program at the Larimer County Detention Center. The Transformations program is designed to help inmates understand their personalities and how the choices they have made have impacted their lives today. By learning new coping and perception skills, inmates learn how to understand others and themselves better, which leads to better choices. Outcomes for this project include criminal involvement post-release, behavior change within LCDC, visitation and communication with family, friends, and intimate partners pre- and post-involvement, and mental/physical health outcomes.


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Fort Lupton Community Court and Restorative Justice Study

Dr. Tara Shelley, Dr. Mike Hogan and CSCJ graduate student D.J. Rogers are conducting an evaluation of the Fort Lupton Community Court and Restorative Justice Program. Community Courts seek 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 practices). Part of this project will involve a public opinion survey of Fort Lupton residents regarding crime and justice issues. Sociology undergraduates will administer the survey as part of a Service Learning Capstone Course designed to teach students how to apply their sociological skills to an actual research project.