As independent research projects, faculty and graduate students in UNLV's Department of Criminal Justice write research reports on major issues in criminal justice in Nevada and in the nation. These "Research in Briefs" (formerly known as "State Data Briefs") are modeled after the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Special Reports and Bulletins; and provide statistical summaries of various criminal justice system practices in Nevada over time, highlight differences between Nevada and other states, or focus on issues of national importance. These reports cover all aspects of the criminal justice system, including trends in crime and arrests, police practices, prosecution and pretrial activities, adjudication and sentencing, and corrections.
The Research in Briefs are short in length (4-8 pages), provide graphs and charts of statewide and national patterns, and are written in an easily readable, non-technical style. They are designed to provide members of the general public, local officials, community organizations, and media outlets a concise and objective statistical profile of current criminal justice practices in Nevada and in the nation, that may serve as a foundation for informed discussions of future crime control policies and practices. The Research in Briefs are organized below, based on the sequence of events in the criminal justice system.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
School Violence Prevention
Reports to Sponsors
Entry into the system
Prosecution and Pretrial Services
Sentencing and Sanctions
For more information about the State Data Briefs, please contact the State Data Briefs Project Coordinator, Terry Miethe, Ph.D..