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Director: George Pesta, Ph.D.


Mailing Address: 

Center for Criminology & Public Policy Research

Florida State University

112 S. Copeland Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1273

Phone:  850.644.4050


The Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research (the Center) expands the influence of scholarship in the public policy arena. The Center promotes the use of evidence-based criminological research in policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. The Center’s primary goal is to support data collection and research initiatives with application to crime and justice policy to promote social justice.

Some of the Center’s partner agencies include the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC), the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), and the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission. Through partnering agencies and other outlets, research findings are disseminated to policy makers, practitioners, and citizens to guide policy and practice. 

As a branch of the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Center works closely with college faculty and graduate students. Faculty or faculty affiliates lead most of the Center’s projects. In addition, masters and doctoral students gain valuable experience working as research assistants on externally-funded projects. Through the Center, graduate students are provided excellent opportunities to gain a wide array of experiences and diverse perspectives while training to be tomorrow’s leaders in criminal justice academia, policy, and practice.

Sample Publications


Juvenile Court Contemporary Division: Helpful, Harmful, or Both?


Assessing the Statewide Impact of the Specter Vocational Program on Reentry Outcomes: A Propensity Score Analysis


Advancing Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy


New Students' Peer Integration and Exposure to Deviant Peers: Spurious Effects of School Moves?


Predicting Recidivism Among Released Juvenile Offenders in Florida: An Evaluation of the Residential Positive Achievement Tool

Elder Financial Exploitation in a Large Retirement Community


An Evaluation of the Education Services Provided to Juveniles in the Polk County Jail 


Disproportionate Minority Contact: A Statewide Assessment 

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