For more than 20 years, members of the IU Public Policy Institute have provided informed research and analysis to Indiana’s criminal justice systems. In that time, the Institute has established itself as a reliable resource for the study of the state’s corrections, courts, defense, and prosecution and sentencing systems. We offer research expertise in service areas such as program due-diligence assessments, the creation of baseline measures, and the evaluation of diverse federally funded programs.
The Institute assists criminal justice systems throughout the state and issues widely respected studies on topics, such as traffic-crash data and incarceration practices.
Behavioral Health Court Impacts on Mental Health in the Marion County Criminal Justice System
Research has shown for many years that, nationally, persons with mental illness are disproportionately represented in jail and prison. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the high prevalence of people with mental and substance use disorders involved with the justice system as a priority and has developed a range of policy initiatives, programs,...
Traumatic Brain Injury Prevalence: Indiana Department of Correction Prisoner Population
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute recently entered into discussions with the Indiana Department of Correction, the Brain Injury Association of Indiana, and the PPI to address the problem of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Indiana’s correctional facilities. Through these discussions, a process was identified for pursuing funding to develop a pre- and post-release TBI treatment intervention...
Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
In 1995, the Indiana General Assembly designated the Center as the staff agency for the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR). The IACIR was formed to create effective communication, cooperation, and partnerships between the federal, state, and local units of government and to improve delivery of services to the citizens of Indiana through a better understanding of the...
Comprehensive Anti-gang Initiative
For this project, PPI served as the Indianapolis Comprehensive Anti-gang Initiative (CAGI) local research partner. Our research included the analysis of homicide and homicide trends nationally, statewide, and locally; criminal justice program evaluation; the impacts of law enforcement technology; the evaluation of police interdictions into local drug markets; the analysis of causes of death in...
- Rachel Thelin
- Thomas Stucky
- Samuel Nunn
- Evaluation of Indianapolis Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative Prevention/Intervention Programming, 2009-2010
- Evaluation of Indianapolis Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative Law Enforcement Activities, 2009-2010
- CAGI Conference Evaluation: Gangbusters: Schools, Gangs, and Bullies - Making the Connection
Project Safe Neighborhoods
PPI partnered with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to serve as the Indianapolis Project Safe Neighborhoods local research partner. Our team provided information regarding existing research on best practices in anti-gang and anti-gun strategies and programs nationally, for strategies proposed and adopted by the Indianapolis PSN, including assessment of the likely effectiveness of...
Courts and the Economy
The recession of 2008 put pressure on nearly every sector in society to do more with less. Unemployment and constrained investment by the private sector reduced economic output, which led to declining tax revenues for state and local governments. As with previous recessions, as the number of people out of work increases, the demand for government services tends to increase just as the money...
- Matthew Nagle
- Erin Braun
- Zachary Mulholland
ICJI Research Partnership
Over the past decade, PPI has partnered with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) to address critical issues related to Indiana’s justice systems including: crime prevention; drug and alcohol abuse associated with crime; law enforcement; sentencing and corrections; and, traffic safety; including program assessments of 12 federal grant programs conducted by PPI on behalf of ICJI between...
- Review of best practices for ICJI program areas and funding streams: Title II Formula Grants Program
- Review of best practices for ICJI program areas and funding streams: Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Grant,...
- Indiana Crime and Justice Data Assessment: Key Informant Interview Findings
School-based Probation Program Assessment
The Marion Superior Court Probation Department (MSCPD) requested assistance from PPI in gathering and interpreting data necessary to make a decision regarding whether to continue with a school-based juvenile probation program or to restructure the program and relocate school-based probation personnel to other MSCPD facilities.