Dr. Collins earned his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Washington State University in 2011 with a focus on corrections, criminal law, cost-benefit and evaluation research, and criminal justice organizations. His research interests include issues surrounding the death penalty, the intersection of criminal law and criminal justice policy, public policy analysis, and criminology within the context of popular culture. His research has been published in The Journal of Criminal Justice, The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Criminal Justice Studies, Western Criminology Review, Police Quarterly, The Prison Journal, Criminal Justice Policy Review, The Journal of Crime and Justice, and The Seattle Journal for Social Justice, as well as several other outlets. He has had a few books published as well, including one focused on criminal justice management and organizations with Routledge Press (2013), an anthology entitled Crime, Justice, and Politics in the City as seen through The Wire, with Carolina Academic Press (2013), one focused on substance abuse treatment and cost-benefit analysis with LFB Scholarly Publishing (2014), followed by his most recent text focused criminal justice statistics with Oxford University Press (2015). He has completed statewide studies in Washington (2015), Oregon (2016), and Oklahoma (2017) on the economic costs associated with seeking the death penalty. His current research focus remains on the intersection on public policy and the law, with particular emphasis on bail and bond, jury selection, and sentencing practices.