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Director:  Jacqueline B. Helfgott, Ph.D.


Mailing Address: 

Crime & Justice Research Center

Seattle University

901 12th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

Phone:  206.296.5477


The Crime and Justice Research Center recognizes that crime and its prevention, response, and reparation are community concerns. We address these concerns through the integration of perspectives, strategies, and approaches based on evidence-based practices and collaborative engagement through the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. Our collaborative approach brings together researchers, academics, law enforcement personnel, judges, psychologists, sociologists, and others involved in the study of crime and the administration of justice. In addition to research and training, we conduct public events, engage in service initiatives, and serve as a referral resource for individuals affected by crime.

Integrated into the Criminal Justice Department, all of the Center’s research, training, and public information components involve undergraduate and graduate students. Students collaborate with faculty on research, in classroom service-learning projects, and projects for community organizations. Students may participate in the any of the center’s activities, including continuing education programs, executive sessions, and the executive academy..

Sample Publications

Collins, Peter A., Hickman, M.J., & Boruchowitz, R. (2017). Examining the Economic Costs of Life Without the Possibility of Parole as an Alternative to the Death Penalty in the State of Oklahoma. Technical report to: The Constitution Project, Feb. 2017.

Helfgott, J.B. & Parkin, W. (January 31, 2017). Seattle Police Department's Micro-Community Policing Plans Evaluation (Collaboration with the Seattle Police Department) 


Kaplan, Aliza, Peter A. Collins, & Venitia Mayhew. (2016). Oregon’s Death Penalty: A Cost Analysis. Technical report to: The Oregon Justice Resource Center, September, 2016.


Helfgott, J.B., Conn-Johnson, C., & Wood, N. (May 21, 2015). Seattle Police Department CIT Culture Survey Final Report. Seattle Police Foundation/City of Seattle Police Department Consultant Agreement.


Helfgott, J.B., Atherley, L., Pollock, J., Vinson, J., Strah, B., Neidhart, E., Conn-Johnson, C., Hickman, M., & Wood, N. (June 30, 2015). Evaluation of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s “Warriors to Guardians” Cultural Shift and Crisis Intervention (CIT) Training Final Report. Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Consultant Agreement. 


Helfgott, J.B., Hickman, M.J., and Labossiere, A., 2012, A Descriptive Evaluation of the Seattle Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team-Mental Health Partnership Pilot Project (Collaboration with the Seattle Police Department).


Rahr, S. & Rice, S.K. (2015). From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals (Collaboration with Sue Rahr, Executive Director, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission).


Collins, P.A., Boruchowitz, R.C., Hickman, M.J., and Larranaga, M.A. 2015. An Analysis of the Economic Costs of Seeking the Death Penalty  (Collaboration with the American Civil Liberties of Washington Foundation and the Seattle University School of Law).

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