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August 19, 2021

Criminal Justice Department Chosen to Conduct Applied Research Study and Assessment

Criminal Justice students at Roberts Wesleyan College will have the opportunity to showcase their research skills to key stakeholders and present their findings this fall. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), has chosen Roberts Wesleyan College's Criminal Justice Department to conduct an applied research study, and assessment, of the services and resources currently available to the re-entry population who are completing State Parole and Federal Probation. The research will assist county leaders in the development of a coordinated, comprehensive strategy to improve the quality and delivery of re-entry services to people returning to Monroe County after incarceration.

Glenn Grana

“This collaboration further validates the quality of the Criminal Justice Department’s academic research and our standing with our state law enforcement partners as a premier academic research institute,” said Glenn Grana Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Roberts Wesleyan College. “I believe we were chosen based on our successes in previous, and current, research projects with several area law enforcement agencies that has gained us the reputation of conducting unbiased, reliable and fundamentally sound applied scientific research.”

Students in the Homeland Security and Applied Intelligence program will be assigned this research study as part of their undergraduate research requirement and apply quantitative and qualitative academic research principles to collect and analyze data, develop and administer surveys, and conduct focus groups, and interviews, with key stakeholders. Results of the research will also afford the CSG multiple training opportunities that the Criminal Justice Department would develop and present. Students will present their findings at a restorative symposium this fall and the research program will continue into the spring 2022 semester.

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