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

Photo of Martha Amaya standing in a crowded group of people.
Campus News | December 12, 2019

Honors College student Martha Amaya one of just 30 nationwide to receive Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.

Police Services Assistant Chief Tod Miller poses in front of his cruiser on UNLV's campus.
People | November 12, 2019

UNLV’s new assistant police chief discusses his time in the Marine Corps, his 25-year public safety career, and the winter “anthrax” he endured in Northern Nevada.

man in white shirt and tie at desk
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.

Criminal Justice In The News

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 26, 2019

A new UNLV class is placing students in the middle of crime scenes.

New York Times
November 5, 2019

In May 2008, when Christina Randall was released from prison after serving nearly three years for battery, robbery and escape, she had nothing but $30 and the brand-new, ill-fitting clothes on her back. She took up in a women’s shelter in South Florida, eight hours away from her friends and family, with a plan to start fresh.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
October 30, 2019

A unique class at UNLV simulates crime scenes to give students real-world experience. The program is relatively new and aims to build confidence and introduce potential career choices.

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.

Criminal Justice Experts

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Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

December 13, 2019
Pearl C. Kim, Chris R. Cochran, Sungyoun Chun and Jay J. Shen (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Ji Won Yoo (Medicine), and Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice) recently published an article on "Trends and Associated Factors of Use of Opioid, Heroin, and Cannabis among Patients for Emergency Department Visits in Nevada: 2009–2017" in the...
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...