Tamara Madensen with students, Stacey Clouse and Logan Kennedy, by T-Mobile arena

Department of Criminal Justice News

The Department of Criminal Justice provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed to give students comprehensive understanding of the nature and causes of crime, criminal justice processes, criminal justice organizations and agency practices, and the law and legal system.

Current Criminal Justice News

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People | October 15, 2019

William S. Boyd School of Law Alumnus of the Year and former public defender John Piro's work recognized for helping pursue mental-health reform within the justice system.

Man stands with back to a whiteboard, talking to students
Campus News | September 27, 2019

Criminal justice mentorship program helps first-generation students navigate college

A portrait of UNLV associate professor Emily Salisbury standing in front of the Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center.
Arts and Culture | June 24, 2019

‘Orange is the New Black’ has mirrored real-life circumstances of women offenders since its debut in 2013.

woman in red dress in crowd
People | June 18, 2019

Triple-major Martha Amaya’s research explores the interactions between policing, public policy, and crowd science.

Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a discussion at the Bellagio in Las Vegas between former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Business and Community | April 25, 2019

Inaugural symposium highlights need for collaboration across academia, business, and government to secure a prosperous American workforce.

Stands stand behind the police tape of a simulated crime scene
Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws in multiple disciplines to create a uniquely detailed scenario for students.

Criminal Justice In The News

KNPR News
September 1, 2019

Before hashtags circulated after the officer-involved death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, before vigils for Philando Castile, and the marches of Black Lives Matter, police in Suffolk County, New York, killed Kenny Lazo. Among its other ramifications, his 2008 death eventually resulted in the Forced Trajectory Project, or FTP, a media and advocacy organization, now based in Las Vegas, with a website that documents families and communities impacted by police killings.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
August 28, 2019

A blind UNLV student has a unique perspective ahead of the new school year.

Newswise
June 25, 2019

The Litchfield Correctional Facility in upstate New York might be the fictitious background of Netflix’s hit series “Orange is the New Black.” But the stories of the inmates — portrayed by Hollywood actresses — could be easily found throughout real women’s prisons across the U.S. and other countries.

Las Vegas Sun
April 4, 2019

Under fluorescent lights, a group of about 20 people huddles at a table listening to the static of the police-dispatch call fill the room.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 1, 2019

Detectives bustle around a homicide scene while a public information officer fends off reporters crowded behind yellow tape. Social workers comfort traumatized witnesses while crime scene investigators collect evidence and examine the body.

KSNV-TV: News 3
April 1, 2019

It’s midday on a Thursday. The crime scene tape is up.

Criminal Justice Experts

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An expert in trauma, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, and juvenile delinquency.
A criminologist with expert knowledge of police order-maintenance practices, police management, and community crime prevention.
An expert on women and crime, social justice, intersectionality, re-entry, surveillance, violence, and victimization.
An expert in the field of criminal justice, particularly community responses to violence against women.

Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

September 19, 2019
Pearl Kim, Jay Shen, Hee-Taik Kang, Dong-Hun Han (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), Georgia Dounis (Dental), Tsigab Bahta, and Ji Won Yoo (both Medicine), along with Sung-Youn Chun, Jinwook Hwang, and Yong-Jae Lee, published an article, "Dissociation Between the Growing Opioid Demands and Drug Policy...
August 28, 2019
Emily Salisbury (Criminal Justice) has been appointed by Gov. Steve Sisolak to serve a two-year term as a member of the Nevada Sentencing Commission. The commission is responsible for advising the Legislature on proposed legislation and make recommendations with respect to all matters relating to the elements of Nevada's criminal justice system...
February 27, 2019
Romeo Jackson (Student Diversity and Social Justice), Elizabeth Macdowell (Law), Emily Troshynski (Criminal Justice), and marriage and family therapist Jane Heenan facilitated a Social Justice Conversation on the topic "Gender Diversity and the Law."
February 27, 2019
Emily J. Salisbury (Criminal Justice) provided expert witness testimony this month to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during its public briefing to evaluate civil rights of women in prison, including deprivations of women’s medical needs that may violate the constitutional requirement to provide adequate medical care for all prisoners;...
February 8, 2019
Seong Park (Criminal Justice) recently published two articles. With collaborator Yongoh Hong (Korean Institute of Criminology), he published the article, "The Effect of Economic Inequality on Individual Violence in South Korea: A Comparative SEM Analysis of Relative Deprivation Theory and Strain Theory." Published in the Journal of Korean...
January 29, 2019
Shon M. Reed and M. Alexis Kennedy (Criminal Justice) recently published an article with two collaborators, Andrea Cimino and Michelle Decker of Johns Hopkins University, in Child Abuse & Neglect.  The article,  "Friends, Family, and Boyfriends: An Analysis of Relationship Pathways Into Commercial Sexual Exploitation," examined the narratives...