Completed Projects


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.

Pharmaceutical Crime

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.


Larimer County

Dr. Hogan worked with Larimer County Criminal Justice Services Division helping them assess two re-entry programs for jail inmates: The Re-entry Program for Offenders with Co-occurring Mental Health and the Substance Abuse Disorders and The Alternatives to Incarceration for Individuals with Mental Health Needs (AIIM) Program.

Colorado State Patrol Public Opinion Survey 2009

The Center, based on previously completed research, provides a customized training program in communication for troopers and supervisors of the Colorado State Patrol. The innovative curriculum, based on the concept of Procedural Justice, was developed and is offered through Colorado State University's Extension Service. The program was invited to make a presentation at the 2009 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Denver.

Colorado Department of Public Safety

Dr. Unnithan was serving on a subcommittee of the state-wide Cold Case Homicide Task Force. The group was instrumental in initiating the first-ever survey of the experiences of law enforcement agencies with cold case homicide investigations. Graduate student Alexandra Naday worked with Colorado Bureau of Investigation personnel to analyze the data collected. Dr. Unnithan contributed to the subcommittee's cold case homicide investigation training curriculum that continues to be presented to law enforcement personnel at various locations throughout the state.


Longmont Community Alliance to Combat Sexual Abuse

Dr. Shelley in collaboration with Dr. Jeni Cross, of the Sociology Department, graduate student Jenna Griebel, and undergraduates Samantha Hogness, Ashley Forsyth, and Courtney Klein worked with the Longmont Police Department (LPD) and the Interfaith Community Alliance to Combat Sexual Abuse to survey local clergy about their awareness and response to family sexual abuse involving members of their congregation. The results of the survey were shared with the Alliance to identify training needs and available resources for local clergy in collaboration with community agencies if a member of their congregation discloses sexual abuse.

Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc

Dr. Paul Stretesky completed a research project with the Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc (FOHVAMP). The purpose of the project was to study the experiences that family members of Cold Case homicide victims have with the criminal justice system regarding the handling of their family member's murder. The information gained from this investigation helped improve victims' services and was useful to various criminal justice agencies for dealing with the families of unresolved homicides. The findings were presented at the 2009 National Conference for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC.

Colorado State Patrol

Dr. Shelley and graduate student Zac Watne, along with 35 Sociology undergraduates completed the 2009 Colorado State Patrol Public Opinion Survey of 846 Colorado residents. The results of the survey, the largest ever conducted by the CSP, were presented to the Patrol's leadership in Summer 2009. The Capstone Service Learning course was designed so that students could apply their sociological skills to an actual research project.


Larimer County Juvenile Services Planning

Dr. Unnithan, with graduate student Janis Johnston, evaluated cooperation and collaboration between various agencies charged with supervising juveniles under Colorado's Senate Bill 94 mandates. The project studied how various agencies interacted with each other from the point of contact with individual juveniles and until their discharge.

Larimer County Community Corrections Department

Dr. Unnithan, with graduate student Janis Johnston and undergraduate Jessica Yoos, completed a study of post-release offending for individuals who had gone through the LCCC program. The study involved following-up 100 offenders for a two year period after they returned to the community.

Milliken Police Department

Dr. Shelley, with undergraduates Andrew Scott, Mike Carvill, John Hammond and Cliff Winter, worked on the Milliken Police Department's Community Oriented Police Architecture and Environmental Design (COPAED) project sponsored by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice. For more information click here.

Longmont Police Department

Dr. Shelley, with undergraduates Kelli O'Connor, Harmony Holcomb, Crystal Vigil, Kristen Peterson, Sarah Cavalier, completed a study to determine community and victim satisfaction with services provided by the Longmont Police Department.