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OSU Criminal Justice Research Center

Director: Paul Bellair, Ph.D.


Mailing Address: 

Criminal Justice Research Center

Ohio State University

202 Townshend Hall
1885 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone:  614 292-7468


The goal of the CJRC is to collaborate on funded research with OSU faculty, staff, and students, and with criminal justice agencies at the local, state, or federal level. CJRC seeks to be a trusted resource and research partner on the OSU campus and especially within the Ohio criminal justice community and to be a conduit connecting those two constituencies. CJRC can provide technical advice regarding the conduct of research in the criminal justice settings for those with limited backgrounds and expertise in criminology and criminal justice and can assume the role of conducting that research for those with current research awards.


We seek to collaborate with other investigators on proposals that have a criminal justice component, especially (but not limited to) public health issues such as substance abuse and physical well-being, and mental health among the justice population. CJRC seeks to create a community of faculty, staff, and students united by their diverse interests in criminal justice issues and research from across the Arts and Sciences, and to unite them and generate collaborative opportunities to pursue cutting-edge, funded research.


To accomplish our goals, we leverage the extensive expertise and resources that are embedded in our renowned faculty and expert staff across a wide variety of social and behavioral, arts and humanities, and natural and mathematical science disciplines. We identify core research areas and form working groups with the goal of pursuing and securing research funding. These include but are not limited to prisoner reentry from adult and juvenile correctional facilities, juvenile justice issues, correctional treatment, gun violence, illicit drug use and the opioid epidemic, neighborhood crime hot spots, and various issues in policing, among others.

Sample Publications

The Organization of Expert Activism: Shadow Mobilization in Two Social Movements. By Scott Frickel, Rebekah Torcasso and Annika Anderson. Mobilization: An International Quarterly, September 2015, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 305-323.

Policing Immigrants or Policing Immigration? Understanding the Relationships between Local Law Enforcement Agencies and Immigration Enforcement. By Amada Armenta and Isabela Alvarez. Sociology Compass, 2017, Volume 11, Issue 2, p. 1-10.

Moving beyond the Emphasis on Bullying: A Generalized Approach to Peer Aggression in High School. By Christopher Donoghue and Alicia Raia-Hawrylak. Children & Schools, January 2016, Volume 38(1), p. 30-39.

Gender-Specific Conflicts among Urban African-American Youth: The Roles of Situational Context and Issues of Contention. By Jennifer Cobbina, Toya Like and Jody Miller. Deviant Behavior, September 2016, Volume 37, Issue 9, p. 1032-1051.

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