Projects

Dana C. Peterson, Heather Larkin, Julia Hastings, David E. Duffee
The Residential Education project is addressing measurable outcomes of efforts to return institutionalized youth for reintegration into family, school, and community. 

Cynthia J. Najdowski - Effects of Citizens' Stereotype Threat on Police Officers' Perceptions and Decision Making
This project, sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation, builds on prior research which has shown that innocent African American individuals are concerned about being perceived unfairly by police due to stereotypes that depict members of their racial group as criminals and, further, that stereotype threat causes Blacks to appear objectively more nervous than Whites during encounters with police-type figures. Because police believe that nervous behavior is a nonverbal cue to deception, stereotype threat could ironically increase the likelihood that individuals will be perceived by police as suspicious and lead police to initiate investigatory contacts with Blacks disproportionately more often than Whites. The proposed research will test this hypothesis by having actual police officers view videos of "targets" who will be either Black or White men who are experiencing either high or low stereotype threat in the context of a staged encounter with a security officer. After viewing the videos, police officers will report how suspicious they perceived each target to be, and then make judgments regarding whether they would suspect the target of criminal activity or initiate contact with him. The results will contribute to a growing body of work that implicates stereotype threat as a factor contributing to racial disparities in the criminal justice system.  

Allison D. Redlich
Dr. Redlich's projects include a National institute of Justice award on Bargaining in the Shadow of Trial-Exploring the Reach of Evidence Outside the Jury Box; a National Science Foundation award on Creating and Transferring Knowledge on Guilty Pleas; and a Federal Bureau of Investigation subcontract through the University of Texas at El Paso on Survey on Interrogative Practices/Efficacy Involving Interrogators Across U.S. Military and Federal Agencies.

Terence P. Thornberry (University of Maryland, College Park), Marvin D. Krohn (University of Florida, Gainsville), and Alan J. Lizotte - Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS)
A number of related projects focusing on intergenerational transmission of antisocial behavior are based upon a Rochester, New York sample of adolescents.

Selected completed Hindelang Center Projects:
Descriptions of many additional completed research projects are listed at the above link.

David H. Bayley
Dr. Bayley's research is a grant with U.S. Institute of Peace on Official Inquiries into Police Corruption; he is also Co-Project Director on a University of Texas-El Paso subcontract through the Federal Bureau of Investigation entitled Survey on Interrogative Practices/Efficacy Involving Interrogators Across U.S. Military and Federal Agencies.

William J. Bowers, James R. Acker - Capital Jury Project and Capital Punishment Research Initiative (CPRI)
CPRI is dedicated to conducting and/or supporting empirical and historical study of issues involving the ultimate penal sanction, using the two primary components of research (including
the federally funded Capital Jury Project) and education.