Current Grant Projects

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.

Data-informed Prosecution Project: Dr. Kutateladze and Dr. Meldrum, in partnership with Loyola University Chicago, are implementing a two-year project with four prosecutor’s offices in Chicago, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, and Tampa. 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: Dr. Kutateladze and Dr. 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.

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.