CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY PRACTICUM

CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY PRACTICUM

The Criminal Justice Policy Practicum (“CJPP”) provides students at the SMU Dedman School of Law with a unique experiential learning opportunity in criminal justice research and policy. Each semester, students work with a Deason Center data set to practice interdisciplinary policy research. Students design, investigate, and publish a data-driven report derived from the Deason data set.

For the Spring of 2019, the CJPP project will be a study of misdemeanor justice in Dallas County Courts.  Working with a data set of nearly 200,000 Dallas County misdemeanor cases, students will learn to clean data sets, design research inquiries, code data, and report on the results of data assessments. By the end of the semester, the students will have designed an empirical misdemeanor research inquiry and will have produced a public report describing the results of their data-driven inquiry.