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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:  614 292-5831


The primary function of the CJRC is to serve as a catalyst for and facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on crime, delinquency, and justice issues. We do so in a variety of ways. Most importantly, center faculty and graduate affiliates conduct research on crime and justice issues. In addition, we provide: information on funding opportunities; small grants to faculty for developing collaborative projects and to seed the preparation of proposals for external submission; research awards to graduate/professional students to support thesis/dissertation or equivalent professional research and/or research training; and in-kind support (e.g., office space and equipment, data, etc.) to facilitate studies of crime and justice issues.

Research conducted at CJRC reflects the diversity of interests of affiliated faculty and students. However, CJRC is positioning itself to become a national center of excellence at the forefront of knowledge about the interrelationships among race, ethnicity, crime and justice. Thus, we undertake significant projects on this topic, and on related issues regarding youth and crime, the community context of crime, and the consequences of criminal justice policies for different groups. We also seek to make available and improve data resources for studying crime and justice. Thus, a number of CJRC projects are devoted to: data base development, addressing data quality problems, and making data sets more user-friendly.

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

An Evaluation of the Federal Legal Services Program: Evidence from Crime Rates and Property Values
By Jamein P. Cunningham
Journal of Urban Economics, 2016, 92: 76-90

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

Hope in the Social Environment: Factors Affecting Future Aspirations and School Self-Efficacy for Youth in Urban Environments
By Henrika McCoy and Elizabeth Bowen
In Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, April 2015, Volume 32, Issues 2, p. 131-141

'I'm Still Waiting on that Golden Ticket': Attitudes toward the Experiences with Opportunity in the Streets of Black America
By Yasser Payne and Tara Brown
Journal of Social Issues, December 2016, Volume 72, Issue 4, p. 789-811

The Doors of the Church are Now Open: Black Clergy, Collective Efficacy, and Neighborhood Violence
By Kashea Pegram, Rod Brunson and Anthony Braga
City & Community, September 2016, Volume 15, Issue 3, p. 289-314


School Suspensions and Adverse Experiences in Adulthood
By Kerrin Wolf and Aaron Kupchik
Justice Quarterly, April 2017, Volume 34, Issue 3, p. 407-430

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