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Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute (CJPRI), Portland State University
Some of our specialties include policing, domestic violence, risk assessment, survey research, program evaluation, random design, automated database systems, 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.

Laura Hickman, Ph.D., CJPRI Associate Director
Dr. Hickman's focus areas include criminal justice program and policy evaluation, violence, immigration, and research methodology.

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Laura Hickman, Associate Director
Hatfield School of Government
Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute, JUST
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: (503) 725-5201
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 7
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): Yes
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    We collaborate with local police, prosecution, and community corrections agencies, state prisons, and crime commissions.

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    CJPRI offers several speaking forums a year and a newsletter with updates on our current activities and publications. As well as conducting research in the field, we offer trainings for law enforcement.

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

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

  • Current Projects:
    Two of our main current projects are:

    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.

    SAFE Start:This project is examining the effects of interventions designed to ameliorate the harms of children's exposure to violence at 15 sites.

  • Indirect Cost Rates:

  • 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: 2
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