Field Research with Adults in the Criminal Justice System

Michael G. Vaughn, Carrie Pettus-Davis and Jeffrey J. Shook

in Conducting Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199782857
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949663 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Field Research with Adults in the Criminal Justice System

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Executing research within criminal justice field settings entails unique challenges. To assist the reader with overcoming these challenges, this chapter provides strategies for developing and maintaining partnerships with criminal justice agencies, describes research designs commonly used in criminal justice settings, and suggests techniques for overcoming assessment issues and for acquiring and compiling measures. This chapter emphasizes unique considerations for research in criminal justice settings by illustrating the importance of planning for the future during preliminary design stages, showing the need to carefully consider the role of gender and race for measurement and evaluation, and highlighting the special attention required for innovative partnership structures, study implementation, and human subjects and ethical issues. This chapter concludes by providing the reader with practical techniques for training a research team, options for disseminating research findings, additional reading resources, and a case example that can be applied across contexts.

Keywords: field research; protected populations; criminal justice; intervention research

Chapter.  7738 words. 

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