LGBTQ Hate Crimes Research: Dr. Kutateladze is partnering with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department, and SAVE LGBTQ to enhance public safety through effective identification, investigation and prosecution of anti-LGBTQ/GNC hate crimes in Miami. The project is funded by the National Institute of Justice, The U.S. Department of Justice.
Prosecutorial Performance Indicators: Drs. Kutateladze, Richardson, Liu, and Meldrum, in partnership with Loyola University Chicago, are implementing an ongoing project with several prosecutor’s offices across the U.S. The project will help prosecutors improve data and analytical capacity, develop and implement new performance indicators to assess progress over time, and respond to the need to ameliorate racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. The project is funded by the MacArthur Foundation.
Charging Discretion Project: Drs. Kutateladze, Richardson, and Meldrum are implementing a research project on prosecution with the aim of examining charging discretion and charge dynamics throughout the life course of a criminal case, and the impact of charging decision on sentencing outcomes. The project aim is to advance fiscally, morally and legally sound prosecutorial policies and practices that further public safety without promoting excessive and disproportionate sentencing. The project is funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.
Combating Violent Crime Project: Dr. Richardson is partnering with the Jacksonville State Attorney’s Office (SAO) to combat violent crime through the use of data-driven prosecution strategies. In particular, she is developing performance indicators that foster crime prevention and effective prosecution. The project will also enhance reporting mechanisms to enable better internal and external communication, train attorneys to utilize data to make evidence-based prosecutorial decisions, and turn the SAO’s current case tracking system into an analytic tool to assist in its targeted prosecution and community engagement efforts. The project is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Innovative Prosecution Solutions program.
The Miami Intelligence and Analytics Enhancement Project: Dr. Guerette is partnering with the Miami Police Department to improve the intelligence and analytical abilities among its human assets, particularly those devoted to crime analysis. The goal of the Miami SPI program is to develop a comprehensive intelligence and analytical ability to produce better trained analysts, improve case clearance rates, and ultimately reduce crime in targeted areas. The project is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Law Enforcement Reform Advisory Project: Dr. Peacock is supporting the overseas development efforts of the US Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigatory Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Dr. Peacock assists the ICITAP office in Kyiv, Ukraine in developing new programs and evaluating past efforts. Over 2019 – 2020, Dr. Peacock has represented ICITAP as part of a Department of State evaluation team reviewing the lessons learned from the 2015 – 2018 stand up of the new National Police of Ukraine (NPU).