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Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2008

IU launches Center for Criminal Justice Research to provide research on crime, public safety

April 24, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Government policymakers and nonprofit agencies focused on criminal justice and public safety now have a new resource at their disposal: The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) today (April 24) announced the creation of the IU Center for Criminal Justice Research.

Located in downtown Indianapolis near the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, the Center has a mission of providing thorough and impartial research on criminal justice and public safety issues so that officials can make better-informed public policy decisions. That, in turn, will help make communities safer. The center's areas of focus include crime prevention, traffic safety and law enforcement and policing.

Sam Nunn

Sam Nunn

Faculty and staff at the Center for Criminal Justice Research will work in partnership with clients in government, social service organizations and elsewhere to share research results with community leaders, policymakers, academic audiences and citizens. For example, annual "Indiana Crash Facts" reports -- which provide collision statistics, such as the number of teenage drivers involved in crashes and the percentage of fatalities caused by drunk drivers -- will be researched and released through the center.

The Center for Criminal Justice Research will be directed by Samuel Nunn, a veteran SPEA faculty member and a veteran researcher for IU's Center for Urban Policy and the Environment.

"We join several centers at IU SPEA that are committed to producing objective, actionable research that benefits citizens and informs public policy," said Nunn. "We look forward to delivering groundbreaking research that can make our communities safer."