This collection includes capstone projects submitted by students who have earned a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership at Concordia University, Saint Paul. These non-thesis/dissertation projects showcase our students' ability in research examination, critical thinking, and data evaluation. In their integrative papers, they delve into scholarly topics that are highly relevant to the complex impacts of multi-systemic criminal justice. They thoroughly examine topics like effective leadership constructs, cultural considerations, diversity, ethics, legal factors, trauma-informed leadership, community engagement, and organizational influences. This comprehensive exploration is the bedrock for formulating influential strategies to spearhead transformative initiatives within their selected professional domains.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Early Retirements in Law Enforcement, Alecia Ainslie

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Considerations for Marijuana Legalization, Joe Ainslie

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Persons in Crisis: Law Enforcement's Response to Mental Health Calls, Sean Farnham

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Incorporating a Peer Support Program in A Criminal Justice Department, Joshua Gerving and Joshua J. Gerving

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Implicit Bias Training and Mitigation for Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies, Jacob Gribble

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Understanding and Minimizing School Shootings, Taylor Hammond

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DNA Analysis: The Answer for Unsolved Cases?, Sarah Hetchler

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Restrictive Pursuit Policies and Rising Violent Crime, Ryan Kelly

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Law Enforcement’s Use of Social Media: It is more then just a post, Brad Litke

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Gender-Responsive Supervision Six Guiding Principles, Barriers, and Benefits of Implementation, Tessa Matousek

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Formation of a Mental Health Co-Responder Unit, Tom Smith

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Where do we go From Here? Reconsidering Crowd Management and Control in the Wake of the George Floyd Era of Protests., Nicholas Steiger

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Culture of Wellness Toward Resiliency, Shelby Stemig

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Title: The truth behind a Guardian ad Litem, Klarissa Stovall

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Law Enforcement's Assistance to the Mental Health Community, Megan Thompson

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Recruitment and Retention of Millennials and Generation Z in the Criminal Justice Field: How Do We Replenish the Ranks?, Chris Vierling

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Paramilitary Model and Civilian Employee’s Impression of Law Enforcement, Deanna Vue

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Crime Leads To Time and Time Back To Crime: The Effect Of Employment On Recidivism, Connor Weiss

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Mental Health In Prison, Shatera Brown

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Women Incarceration and Attitudes Towards Restraints Used During a Child’s Birth, Wade Chit

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Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System, Kenneth Foster

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Is a Rainbow Pink or Blue? Creating Jail Policies for Transgender Inmates, Hunter Schultz

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Combating Recidivism, Lamichael Shead

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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The Scope of the Death Penalty, Austin Bullock

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Legalizing Marijuana, Psilocybin Mushrooms, and MDMA for Medical Use, Nicholas Duneman

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The Delicate Balance: Police in Our Schools, Mark Hanneman

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Tasers and Use of Force: Hitting a Moving Target, Michael A. Keeley

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Ex-Felon - The Un-Spoken and Un-Counted, Jeanetta Lindo

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First Responder Mental Health, Ryan Malcolm

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Mental Health Response for Law Enforcement, Adam Meierding

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Police Intersection with Those Without Homes, David O'Connor

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Combating Police Officer Suicide with Department Wellness Programs, Ryan Prail

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School Shootings: What’s the Plan?, Sherrell L. Quintero

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The Juvenile Injustice System of Minorities, Sanjuanita Rodriguz

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Reducing Civilian Deaths While in Police Custody, Richena Rogers

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De-escalation: A Necessity for the Survival of Law Enforcement, James Ross

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Implementing a Personal Wellness Program for Law Enforcement, Lee Schroeder

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The Ethical Principles of Financial Wellness and Coaching for Law Enforcement, Eric Scovil

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The Use of Coping Skills in the Juvenile Justice System, Alexandria Stepka

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Parental Incarceration and the Costly Effects on Their Children, Briana Rae Zocher