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.

Research Areas

Anger Assessment and Treatment

Cultural Competency

Evaluation Research

Instrument Development/Validation

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency


Forensic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program

Faculty from the Criminology Department’s Institute for the Study of Crime and Justice (Stephen Cox, Chip Tafrate, and Damon Mitchell) partnered with the Court Support Services Division and the University of Southern Maine in writing a grant application for the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance’s “Smart Probation” Program.

This partnership resulted in the Connecticut Judicial Branch receiving a Federal grant award of for the period of September 1, 2012 to October 1, 2014 to try an experimental program called “Forensic CBT”.