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Criminology & Criminal Justice

The Institute for the Study of Crime and Justice

The Institute for the Study of Crime and Justice (ISCJ) resides within the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University and is operated by Department faculty.  One of the purposes of the ISCJ is to provide professionals and practitioners with scientific information that will enhance professional practice across a variety of criminal justice areas.

About Us

The ISCJ is a collaboration of faculty research. The ISCJ works diligently to engage our undergraduate and graduate students to become involved in current research projects. It provides an opportunity for faculty and students to work in a shared environment.

This past summer kicked off our first Undergraduate Research Program where the ISCJ initiated a research opportunity program for undergraduate students. The purpose of this program is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to experience the full research cycle including: formulating and designing a research project, drafting a proposal, obtaining approval from the university’s Human Subjects Committee (HSC), collecting and analyzing data, and composing a final draft explaining the results/implications of the project. Currently, Rachael Ridel, our first undergraduate participant, is working on a project evaluating alumni perceptions of the Criminology/Criminal Justice Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The results of the study will assist the department in measuring the effectiveness of our current educational programs. With feedback directly from former students, the department will be better informed of aspects of our program needing attention and beneficial areas that should be emphasized. This project is currently underway and completion is anticipated by December 2010. The ISCJ welcomes undergraduate students wishing to become involved in a research project to apply to the program. Please contact us for more information.


ISCJ Contact Information

Stephen M. Cox, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
(860) 832-3138

Reginald Simmonds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice 
(860) 832-3134