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Criminal Justice

Research and Evaluation Projects

The following is a list of current and ongoing projects:

San Diego Promise Neighborhood is the second Promise Neighborhood site in San Diego County. Funded through a U.S Department of Education Grant to South Bay Community Services, which is administering the grant funds as well as partnering community-organizations and schools in the target areas. This is a place-based “cradle to career” initiative implemented by the local community-based organizations in partnership with the schools in the San Ysidro and Barrio Logan neighborhoods. Data is the driving force for model design, program implementation, and monitoring. The Applied Research Division will work closely with partners to ensure all data elements are gathered and analyzed to inform project partners and residents of progress.

CRIME: Ongoing assessment of crime trends and geographic crime patterns, analysis of SAM data, and outreach to community. Funding Source: SANDAG Member Agencies.

JJCPA: Evaluation of various probation programs in San Diego County. Funding Source: San Diego County Probation Department. 

PROJECT LIFE: SANDAG is partnering with North County Lifeline’s Project LIFE (Living in Freedom from Exploitation) under a contract with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime to provide specialized services to victims of human trafficking.

RRED: RRED (Reducing Racial and Ethnic Discrepancies) is a post-hoc study of juvenile justice system contacts (e.g. referrals to probation, bookings, true findings) to evaluate if different races and ethnicities are disproportionately involved in the system. The purpose of this study  is to inform future juvenile justice system management decisions to continue to eliminate disparities. A legacy study was completed by SANDAG,  Disproportionate Minority Contact (2008).

SAM: Administer Substance Abuse Monitoring (SAM) project, which tests adult and juvenile arrestees for recent drug use.  Funding Source: Multiple. 

S.T.A.R.: The S.T.A.R. project aims to implement a collaborative public health and public safety enhanced Probation supervision strategy based on the latest evidence-based practice research with the goal of increasing the success of supervising high-risk offenders, especially those who exhibit AOD and/or mental health issues, to reduce revocations and recidivism.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

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