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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Connie Estrada Ireland

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Ph.D. -- University of California Irvine (Criminology, Law, and Society)
M.A. -- University of California Irvine (Social Ecology)
B.A. -- University of California Irvine (Criminology, Law, and Society)
B.A. -- University of California Irvine (Psychology and Social Behavior)

Statement of Professional Engagement:

Dr. Ireland’s research specialization focuses on prison and parole.  Her primary interest is in the impact of sentencing laws and incarceration practices on recidivism rates in California.  Her current research explores components of prison and parole that lead to greater parolee success when returning home from prison, with particular focus on such factors as offender criminal history, drug history and treatment efforts; prison based educational, vocational, and rehabilitation programs; parole agent supervision style, approach with parolees, and program referral practices; and delivery of services by providers in the community.  Dr. Ireland has a secondary interest in court evaluation research, particularly related to alternative sentencing and the use of specialized courts such as DUI court, Drug court, etc.  Dr. Ireland employs both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to address these questions.

Research Interests

  • Parole and Parole Agents (particularly in California)
  • Prisoner Reentry
  • Evaluation of Specialized Courts
  • Evaluation of Residential Substance Abuse Programs


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Direct Dial Phone: (562) 985- 8711

Office Location: Engineering Technology (ET) 240

Classes Dr. Ireland Teaches at CSULB

  • CRJU 303: Corrections
  • CRJU 320: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CRJU 325: Statistics for Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 421: Probation and Parole
  • CRJU 423: Correctional Environments
  • CRJU 490: Special Topic: Drugs and Crime through Film
  • CRJU 520: Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods