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Dr. Crystal Garcia

Dr. Crystal Garcia

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Law and Public Safety
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4063
Phone: 317-274-7006
Email: crgarcia@iupui.edu

Dr. Garcia joined the SPEA faculty in 1997. She teaches criminal justice courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Ecology: Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine, 1996
  • B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University, 1990

Professional experience

  • Consultant, San Diego County Probation Department, Evaluation and Outcome Measures, 1994-1995.
  • Research Associate and Consultant, Rand Corporation, 1994-1995.
  • Junior Systems Analyst, Orange County Legal Aid Society, 1992.
  • Booking and Records Clerk, San Diego County Probation Department- Juvenile Hall, 1992-1995.
  • Student Worker/Custody Officer, San Diego County Probation Department-Juvenile Hall, 1987-1992.

Professional affiliations

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Major fields of expertise

  • Evaluation of Criminal Justice Technologies, Programs, & Policies
  • Community Corrections
  • Crime Policy
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Responses to School Violence
  • The Death Penalty
  • Gender-Specific Programming

Intellectual contributions

  • Garcia, Crystal A. and Jodi Lane (2013).  What a girls wants; what a girl needs:  Findings from a gender-relevant focus group study. Crime and Delinquency. (59):4, 536-561
  • Garcia, Crystal A. (in press 2012).  Joan Petersilia.  A Practical Criminologist.  The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Malden, MA:  Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Jodi Lane and Crystal Garcia.  (in press 2012).  Joan Petersilia.  The International Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. and Jodi Lane. (2012)  Dealing with the Fall-Out:  Identifying and Addressing the Role that Relationship Strain Plays in the Lives of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System, Journal of Criminal Justice 40 (2012) 259–267
  • Garcia, Crystal A., Jarjoura, G. Roger. and Kathy Lisby (March 2012).  Identifying Disproportionate Minority Contact in Indiana—Final Report.  Submitted to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
  • Garcia, Crystal A.  (June 2011).  TEACHING TIPS:  FOUND! Teaching Treasure in ASC Meeting Registration Bags.  The Criminologist. 
  • Rosenfeld. Richard, Quinet, Kenna and Crystal A. Garcia, (2010).  eds., Contemporary Issues in Criminological Theory and Research: The Role of Institutions.  Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. and Jodi Lane. (2010)  Looking in the Rear View Mirror:  What Incarcerated Women Think Girls Need from the System.  Feminist Criminology, 5(3): 227-243.
  • Brown, Robert, Garcia, Crystal, Newby, William, Nunn, Samuel & Thelin, Rachel.  (2007). Analysis of Victim Services Programs Administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute: Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Awards, 2005 and 2006.  Submitted to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
  • Kennedy, Sheila Suess and Garcia, Crystal A. (2006). Research Report and Preliminary Recommendations: Ex-Offender Transitional Employment Project. Submitted to Workforce, Inc.
  • Brown, Robert, Garcia, Crystal, Newby, William & Nunn, Samuel. (2006). Analysis of Domestic Violence Programs Administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute: STOP Grant Awards, 2005 and 2006. Submitted to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
  • Quinet, Kenna, Jarjoura, Roger, Brown, Robert, Stucky, Tom, Nunn, Samuel, Newby, William & Garcia, Crystal. (March 2006). Performance Metrics for ICJI, Center for Urban Policy. Submitted to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. (2004). Realistic Expectations: Constructing a Mission-Based Evaluation Model for Community Corrections, Criminal Justice Policy Review, 15:3, 251-269.
  • Ziemba-Davis, Mary, Myers, Brent L. & Garcia, Crystal A. (2004). Indiana State Report - The Social Ecology of Murder in Indiana. Submitted to Governor Joe Kernan.
  • Ziemba-Davis, Mary, Garcia, Crystal A., Kincaid, Nicole L., Gullans, Katalina, & Myers, Brent L. (2004). Indiana State Report - What About Girls in Indiana's Juvenile Justice System? Submitted to Governor Joe Kernan.
  • Garcia, Crystal A., Sheila S. Kennedy and Barbara Lawrence. (2003). Picturing Powerlessness: Digital Photography, Domestic Violence and the Fight over Victim Autonomy. Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy, 25:1, 1-19.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. and Sheila S. Kennedy. (2003). Back to School: Technology, School Safety and the Disappearing Fourth Amendment, Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy. Winter, 273-288.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. (2003). Digital Photographic Evidence and the Adjudication of Domestic Violence Cases, Journal of Criminal Justice, 31:6, 579-587.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. (2003). School Safety Technology in America: Current Use and Perceived Effectiveness, Criminal Justice Policy Review, 14:1, 30-54.
  • Sapp, Dona and Crystal A. Garcia. Perceptions of Services Provided to Local Coordinating Councils by Regional Community Consultants. Final Report to the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana, a division of the Indiana Criminal justice Institute, September 2003.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. (2000). Using Palmer's Global Approach to Evaluate ISP: Implications for Practice, Corrections Management Quarterly, (4)4:460-469
  • Blitzer, Herbert, Michael Bone, Frank Bowman, Crystal Garcia, Jeffrey Huang, Jack Jacobia, James Kidd, William Lin, Jose Ramos, Jack Rubak, Leigha Stroud, and Suzali Suyut. (2002). Surveillance Tools for Safer Schools. Final Report to the National Institute of Justice, award #1999-LT-VX-K011.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. (2000). Using Palmer's Global Approach to Evaluate ISP: Implications for Practice, Corrections Management Quarterly, (4)4:460-469
  • Blitzer, Herb, Garcia, Crystal A. and Amy Leitch. (2000). A Picture Says it All. Law Enforcement Technology. June.
  • Garcia, Crystal A. The Impact of Photographic Evidence on Domestic Violence Case Processing. Institute for Forensic Imaging, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN. September,1999.

Courses taught

  • SPEA-J 666 Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation
  • SPEA-J 439 Crime and Public Policy
  • SPEA-J 331 Corrections
  • SPEA-J 305 Juvenile Justice
  • SPEA-J 101 The American Criminal Justice System
  • SPEA-J 260 Killing the Killers: The American Death Penalty

Service

  • Chair, Marion County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Data Utilization Sub-committee, 2007.
  • Member, Marion County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Steering Committee, 2007.
  • Member, Marion County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Recidivism Sub-committee, 2006 to 2007.
  • Board Member, Indiana Board of Correction, Appointed by Governor Joe Kernan, 2004-April 2005.
  • Member, Youth Law T.E.A.M of Indiana Advisory Board, 2004 to 2006.
  • Member, Children's Law Center of Indiana's Statewide Assessment of Juvenile Public Defender Services Steering Committee, 2003 to 2004.
  • Research Associate, Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, 2003 to present.
  • Research Liaison to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, 2002 to 2005.
  • Member, Indiana Murder Sentencing Study Research Group, 2002 to 2005.
  • Advisor to IUPUI's Criminal Justice Association, 2002 to 2004.
  • Member, Indiana's Gender-Specific Programming Advisory Board, 2002.
  • Creator and coordinator of SPEA's Criminal Justice Mentoring Program, 2001 to present.
  • Named to Board of Directors, Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force, 2000 to present.
  • Research Associate, IUPUI's Institute of Forensic Imaging, 1997 to 2005.

Awards and recognition

  • Tonja Eagan Faculty Service Award, selected by Awards Committee of University College for excellence in mentoring, 2014.
  • Barbara D. Jackson – Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award, selected by a committee of peers from across the IUPUI community, 2013.
  • “Trustees Teaching Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 2011.
  • “Trustees Teaching Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 2010.
  • “Course of the Year Award,” selected by Indiana’s Council on Continuing Education — awarded to Crystal Garcia and Roger Jarjoura, 2008.
  • “Trustees Teaching Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 2008.
  • “Trustees Teaching Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 2007.
  • “Trustees Teaching Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 2006.
  • “Favorite Professor” selected by student athletes, Indiana University, 2006.
  • “Trustees Teaching Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 2005.
  • “Trustees Teaching Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 2002.
  • “Intercollegiate Athletics’ Excellence in Teaching Award,” selected by student athletes, IUPUI, 2001.
  • “Teaching Excellence Recognition Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 2000.
  • “Teaching Excellence Recognition Award,” selected by peer committee, Indiana University, 1999.
  • “Intercollegiate Athletics’ Excellence in Teaching Award,” selected by student athletes, IUPUI, 1998.
  • (2005) The Phillip Hoke National Publication Award for Excellence in Research and Policy Analysis awarded by the Justice Research and Statistics Association awarded to: Ziemba-Davis, Mary, Garcia, Crystal A., Kincaid, Nicole L., Gullans, Katalina, & Myers, Brent L. What About Girls in Indiana's Juvenile Justice System?
  • Nine teaching awards since 1998 while at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Two teaching awards as a graduate assistant at the University of California, Irvine