William Sousa

Professor, Criminal Justice
Director, Center for Crime and Justice Policy
Expertise: Police Policy, Crime Prevention, Communities and Crime

Biography

William Sousa is a criminologist with expertise in police policy and management, international policing, and community crime prevention. Sousa has been published in a variety of professional publications including the Journal of Experimental Criminology and Police Practice and Research.

From 2002-04, Sousa was the director of evaluation for the Police Institute at Rutgers-Newark where he participated in studies related to violence and disorder in New Jersey neighborhoods. His past research projects include an evaluation of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in Massachusetts, a study of crime reduction policies implemented by the New York City Police Department, an experiment on TASER use by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and an evaluation of police-led initiatives to improve safety in public parks in Los Angeles. 

His current projects involve police order-maintenance practices, police management, and the impact of body worn cameras on police in Las Vegas. He is also involved in investigations of violence reduction in Las Vegas. Sousa is a professor of criminal justice in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy at UNLV.

Education

  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, Stonehill College

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William Sousa In The News

Las Vegas Sun
November 16, 2020
There have been 81 murders in Metro Police’s jurisdiction in 2020 to represent a 12.5% increase in comparison to the same time last year.
KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 1, 2020
For three years the official death toll of the 1 October mass shooting in Las Vegas was 58. And two survivors who passed away later from complications directly related to their injuries in the incident were not initially added to that count until Thursday.
The Hill
September 4, 2020
At a time of wrenching division, police officers and those returning from prison share unexpected commonalities that can bring us together. On the surface, these two groups would seem dissimilar, but a groundbreaking Las Vegas program that bridges this divide has caught the attention of both the White House and the governor of Nevada. Perhaps more importantly, it has taken a bite out of crime by reducing re-offending while boosting employment.
msn
September 4, 2020
At a time of wrenching division, police officers and those returning from prison share unexpected commonalities that can bring us together. On the surface, these two groups would seem dissimilar, but a groundbreaking Las Vegas program that bridges this divide has caught the attention of both the White House and the governor of Nevada. Perhaps more importantly, it has taken a bite out of crime by reducing re-offending while boosting employment.

Articles Featuring William Sousa

A UNLV banner on campus.
Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
Protest signs read "Defund Police" and "Abolish Police"
ResearchJune 10, 2020
As more municipalities weigh the future of their police departments, UNLV professors explain what these movements mean and how they would work.
Body camera on police officer.
ResearchNovember 27, 2017
Study conducted for U.S. Dept. of Justice by UNLV Center for Crime and Justice Policy, non-profit research organization CNA, and Las Vegas Metro Police.
hands holding cardboard cutout of house
Business and CommunityNovember 9, 2017
College of Urban Affairs partners with community groups to stop Southern Nevada crisis.