April Pattavina studies public safety laws and their influence on local police practices. Her current work in this area involves research on the impact of domestic violence laws on the police response to domestic violence. She is also interested in the impact of information and computer technology on the operation of the criminal justice system. She has published several articles and book chapters on the subject and is the editor and contributing author of the recent book, Information Technology, and the Criminal Justice System. She teaches courses on crime mapping and criminal justice data analysis.