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When research affects public policy,
lives are changed.

A branch of the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, The FSU Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research expands the influence of scholarship in the public policy arena and promotes evidence-based policy-making and practice at the state and national levels. It advances the idea that public policies and programs must be based on scientific research in order to truly impact the lives of the people they are meant to serve and protect.

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Select Research Projects

  • Consumer Fraud Institute: Initially funded by a gift from the Florida Attorney General's Office, the primary mission of CFI is to conduct policy-relevant research on a variety of consumer fraud related issues including mortgage fraud.
  • Florida Safe and Drug-Free Schools Quality Data Management Project: Funded by the Florida Department of Education, this research has led to more effective information management and reporting systems for Florida's school districts with regard to school safety and levels of violence and drug use among young people.
  • Juvenile Justice No Child Left Behind Collaboration Project: This federally funded project assisted each state in developing and implementing a plan to meet the No Child Left Behind requirements for juvenile justice education.
  • Palm Beach Violence Reduction Project: Under contract with the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, the Center collected and analyzed data on crime and gun violence in order to assist in developing an implementation plan to address the county's violence problem.
  • Department of Corrections Drug Treatment Project: This research determined the effectiveness of substance abuse programs administered by the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) in reducing recidivism. Study results will be used to inform policy makers of best practices for effective substance abuse correctional programs.