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Director: Brian Renauer, Ph.D.


Mailing Address: 

Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute

Hatfield School of Government

Portland State University

506 SW Mill Street

Portland, OR 97207

Phone:  503.725.4014


The Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute is a multi-disciplinary research unit serving the entire PSU community, but affiliated with the Criminology and Criminal Justice Division of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. We strive to promote informed decision-making on the complex issues related to crime prevention, crime control, and the criminal justice process. The Institute's goal is to provide policymakers and the public with research and empirical guidance that is objective, practical, rigorous, and evidence- and theory-based to advance efficient, effective, and equitable policy and practice in the field of criminal justice.

Faculty from the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department comprise the core research expertise of CJPRI. CJPRI is housed within the School of Government in the College of Urban and Public Affairs. CJPRI researchers employ a wide variety of methodological and statistical approaches that deliver advanced analyses of important program and policy questions.

Sample Publications

Public Perceptions Regarding the Police Bureau and Crime in Portland

Public Contact With and Perceptions Regarding Police in Portland

Public Perceptions Regarding the Use of Force by Police in Portland, Oregon

Oregonians Nearly Unanimous in Support of Reentry Services for Former Prisoners

Crime in the News: How do People Feel About Crime Reporting in Portland, Oregon?

Oregonians Report Broad Support for Policies that Could Reduce Prison Population 

Do Oregonians Know About the Crime Drop?

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