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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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Campus News | October 3, 2022

Criminal justice course challenges students to explore what policing actually is.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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People | April 13, 2022

First-generation student strives to increase safety in the entertainment capital of the world.

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

Criminal Justice In The News

KPVI News 6
August 22, 2022

A single mother in Nevada makes ​​$10.50 per hour on minimum wage, or about $21,840.00 a year if she works full time.

Las Vegas Review Journal
August 12, 2022

Michael DiVincino’s earliest memory is of waking up to the FBI bursting into his family’s Las Vegas home in the 1960s to take his father away in handcuffs.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
July 22, 2022

On a flight to Las Vegas earlier this month, a Florida family discussed how they planned to react in the unlikely event that they had to flee from an active shooter in a crowded place.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
July 22, 2022

On a flight to Las Vegas earlier this month, a Florida family discussed how they planned to react in the unlikely event that they had to flee from an active shooter in a crowded place.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 22, 2022

On a flight to Las Vegas earlier this month, a Florida family discussed how they planned to react in the unlikely event they found themselves having to flee from an active shooter in a crowded place.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 22, 2022

On a flight to Las Vegas earlier this month, a Florida family discussed how they planned to react in the unlikely event they found themselves having to flee from an active shooter in a crowded place.

Criminal Justice Experts

An expert on women and crime, social justice, intersectionality, re-entry, surveillance, violence, and victimization.
A criminologist with expert knowledge of police order-maintenance practices, police management, and community crime prevention.
An expert in trauma, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, and juvenile delinquency.
An expert in crime science, crime prevention, and crowd management
An expert in behavioral cybersecurity.
An expert on jury decision making, intergroup conflict, and police use of social media and technology. 

Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

May 30, 2022
Sungyoun Chun, Jinwook Hwang, Pearl Kim, Jay Shen (all Healthcare Administration), Dr. Ji Yoo (Medicine), and Seong Park (Criminal Justice) recently published a paper, “Trends and Age-related Characteristics of Substance Use Hospitalizations of Homeless Population: 2007-2015"  on Medicine.
April 6, 2022
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Peter Grema (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Blanca Peña (Criminal Justice), and Nicole Thomas (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) co-wrote a recent Op-Ed titled, "Students, Taxpayers Once Again Robbed by Higher…
March 29, 2022
Joshua W. Donnelly (Criminal Justice) is the recipient of one of the 2021-22 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards (second place) from the UNLV Graduate College. This prestigious award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated strong pedagogical skills and successfully taught at least two complete classes as the instructor of record in the…
November 4, 2021
Kamali'ilani Wetherell (Criminal Justice) was selected as UNLV’s nominee for the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) & ProQuest 2021-22 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in humanities, social sciences, education, and business disciplines. Wetherell's advisor is professor Hong Lu.  Bryson Carrier (Kinesiology) is UNLV’s…
April 21, 2021
Sinyong Choi and Seong-min Park (both Criminal Justice), along with three scholars from other universities, recently published a peer-reviewed article, "The Effects of Emotional Literacy Programs on Inmates’ Empathy, Mindfulness, and Self-Regulation: A Random-Effect Meta-Analysis" in the Prison Journal. Through analyzing the 22 Emotional Literacy…
April 15, 2021
Monica Arebalos (Medicine), who is an MD candidate, was asked an unexpected number of questions about her recently published paper on sex trafficking red flags, "Sex Trafficking Red Flags: Confirming Presentation Patterns and Childhood Adversity Risk Factors," during her match interviews with emergency room departments around the country. The ER…