Research Projects

Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research

The Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research is currently involved with two research projects. For a complete list of current and past research projects, download the Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research Project List.

National Institute of Justice (2011-WG-BX-0021): Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents – II (DAVILA – II) Study, $556,536.

Principal Investigator: Carlos Cuevas

This national survey looks to obtain longitudinal data on a national sample of Latino adolescents (DAVILA Study) to examine dating violence, comorbid victimization, psycho-social outcomes, help-seeking behaviors, and influencing cultural factors on victimization and outcomes among Latino youth.

New Advances in Experimental Criminology

Principal Investigator: Brandon Welsh

In collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Professor Brandon Welsh is leading a program of fundamental and applied research on new advances in experimental criminology, with a special focus on innovative crime prevention measures, evidence-based crime policy, and methodology. The research program started in 2009.

Funded by Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Institute on Race and Justice

The Institute on Race and Justice is involved with several new and exciting research projects and reports. For a complete list of current and past research projects and reports, download the IRJ Research Projects.

IRJ issues Traffic Stop & Race Data Collection Study to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation

The Institute on Race and Justice issued its Traffic Stop & Race Data Collection Initial Findings Study to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.  This report is a continuation of the work of IRJ in the area of allegations of racial profiling by police. This report examines all traffic stops of law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island to determine if racial or ethnic disparities exist in the traffic enforcement practices. Investigators in this study include Jack McDevitt, Janice Iwana, and Lisa Laguerre.

The Massachusetts Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence Issues Report

The Massachusetts Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence, led by Dr. Jack McDevitt, Director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University, issues its report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

IRJ Partnering with Boston Police Academy

The Institute on Race and Justice and its Community Advisory Board are working in collaboration with the Boston Police Training Academy. This partnership includes reviewing and revising the existing Police Academy training curriculum to include training which addresses youth and adolescent cognitive and social development as it relates to de-escalating youth aggression and youth responses to authority. IRJ advisory board members and partners will have the opportunity to deliver elements of this training to cadets to enhance their ongoing tactical and academic training. Point of contact for this collaboration is Lisa Laguerre, Associate Director Community Relations for IRJ.

Institute on Security and Public Policy

For a complete list of current and past research projects and reports, download Institute for Security and Public Policy Research Projects List.

Program in Cross Border Crime and Security

The concept of border security is clearly defined by its specific set of national and international security threats – international terrorism and transnational crime. To address these threats effectively, border security requires that enforcement agencies and governing institutions continually evaluate and manage their efforts and processes to address the diverse challenges posed by illicit trafficking in commodities, people, finance, weapons and WMD while at the same time facilitating legitimate trade and commerce. Beyond the confines of national border enforcement, effective cross-border security also requires substantial foreign collaboration.

Research on Firearm Violence

Gun violence is a persistent problem in the United States and also in many other nations in the world. This program of work examines policies and initiatives to help control illicit transfer of firearms to prohibited persons and groups in the United States and internationally.

International Self-Report Delinquency Study

The International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD) project is an ongoing research study of delinquency and victimization among youth in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, using standardized instruments and data collection procedures. The primary focus has been on Europe, but the ISRD project now includes a number of non-European countries (e.g., Brazil, China, Cape Verde, and Venezuela). The ISRD is currently undertaking a third data collection sweep partnering with about 35 countries around the world.

For more information on the current research project and recent publications, please visit International Self-Report Delinquency Study.