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Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute (CJPRI), Portland State University
Some of our specialties include policing, institutional and community corrections, juvenile delinquency, risk assessment, survey research, program evaluation, GIS, random design, automated database systems, domestic violence, and statistical analysis.

Faculty Members
Brian Renauer, Ph.D., CJPRI Director
Dr. Renauer's focus areas include community policing, police legitimacy, racial profiling, neighborhood sustainability, and public attitudes towards the police and criminal justice.

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Brian Renauer, Director
Criminology & Criminal Justice Department
Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Phone: (503) 725-8090
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 11
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): Yes
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    We collaborate with local/state police, prosecution, community corrections agencies, state prisons, local/state government and planning, crime commissions, neighborhood/advocacy groups.

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    CJPRI offers informative website including local crime data trends/maps, along with updates on our current activities and publications. As well as conducting research in the field, we offer trainings for law enforcement on implicit bias and procedural justice.

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    BJA, OJJDP, NHTSA, NIJ, and state agencies

  • Current Projects:
    Smart Policing Initiative Grant (BJA): Entails implementation and RTC evaluation of a police-community engagement strategy directed towards hot spot locations utilizing programed CAD calls.
    • National Institute of Justice, Fiscal Year 16 Data Resources Program: Funding for Analysis of Existing Data Panacea or Poison: “Can Propensity Score Modeling (PSM) Methods Replicate the Results from Randomized Control Trials (RCTs)?”
    • LECC: This project involves research on public perceptions of law enforcement and stop data analysis, as well as training for law enforcement on the topics of biased based policing.

  • Indirect Cost Rates: (under Facilities and Administrative F&A Costs)

  • Organizational policies on the use of collected data:
    Strict compliance with Institutional Review Board guidelines.

  • Organizational policies on publications:
    CJPRI follows the accepted practices in the field.

  • Number of Graduate Research Assistants: 10
  • Number of Administrative Assistants and Staff: 1
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