Crime Research Group
Examples of Current Projects
Victimization of and Criminal Justice Response to Vulnerable Adults and Elderly - Explores the question: “What are the victimization patterns for the vulnerable and elderly populations?”
Domestic Violence in Urban and Rural Vermont - Investigates possible disparities throughout the state re: injuries, police coverage, and victim compensation for intimate partner violence victims.
Victimization of People of Color - Undertakes a comprehensive review of case processing for crimes against people of color in Vermont using state NIBRS data, criminal histories, and court data including arrests, prosecutions, and sentencing.
Probation & Parole - Develops a holistic view of these populations and their trajectory through the system including demographics, length of time on probation and parole, conditions of probation and parole, and violations.
Equal Access to Alternative Programs - With racial disparities evident in the incarcerated population, this project will seek to uncover if the alternative programs are contributing to racial and ethnic disparities.
Recently Completed Research
“Are Opiates Influencing Property Crimes?” - A Study Using Text Analysis on Vermont State Police Narratives - This project aimed to answer the question of whether the escalation of opiate use has been influencing property crimes in Vermont.
Recidivism Study and Cost Analysis for Vermont Court Diversion - The purpose of the recidivism study was to measure the recidivism rate of Diversion compared to that of the traditional criminal justice system.
“VT Results First:” Inventory and Benefit-Cost Analysis for the Opioid Use Disorder Hub and Spoke Model - The Hub inventory assesses similarities and variations of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) across multiple Hub providers. This report includes the financial benefits and costs to the state associated with operating both Hubs and Spokes.
what's new? - by the numbers: using data to mitigate systemic racism in the criminal justice system
- A presentation for the VERMONT Legislature's social equity caucus -
Crime Research Group (CRG) supports data-driven policy and decision-making through research, analysis, and program evaluation in the field of criminal justice. The CRG team is a unique, Vermont-based group of professional researchers, college faculty, attorneys, and former public servants and practitioners with decades of experience in crime analysis. Crime Research Group conducts research, provides technical assistance, evaluates programs and new initiatives, and assists stakeholders through consultation and organizational development in the fields of criminal and restorative justice, racial and juvenile justice, and in the areas of victimology and domestic/intimate partner violence. Through the Department of Public Safety (which operates as Vermont’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) under 42 U.S.C. § 3732 and Title 3 App. V.S.A. ch. 13, § 7) CRG provides contracted services as the SAC for the State of Vermont.