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

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Blanca Pena (left) talks at a table with another student.
People | June 29, 2021

Don't compare this criminal justice major — or yourself — to anyone else!

A man stands on a stage in front of a classroom
Campus News | May 26, 2021

A pandemic staple — remote education — will be incorporated into select traditional classes. Instructors sought for pilot program this fall.

woman holding newspaper
People | May 4, 2021

Ph.D. student Deena DeVore analyzes COVID-19 news reports to explore how the media impacts the public’s perception of the pandemic.

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

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Campus News | March 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.

Criminal Justice In The News

LCV
September 23, 2021

Jezreel Joven is a rising senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studying psychology and criminal justice.

WhoWhatWhy
August 18, 2021

Delaware became the seventh state in the US since 2015 to mandate body cameras for all police — and the latest government entity to put great trust in body-worn cameras (BWCs) to improve frayed relations between the police and the public.

The Nevada Independent
July 26, 2021

Maria Nieto Orta was driving home to Las Vegas last week from a family vacation in Utah when she found out about a federal judge’s decision to close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, to first-time applicants.

Casino.org
May 26, 2021

The recent decision not to prosecute four Las Vegas Metro police officers in last June’s shooting death of Jorge Gomez could impact tourists visiting the Las Vegas Strip, warns UNLV law professor Addie C. Rolnick.

News Chant
May 21, 2021

President Joe Biden signed a brand new bill into law Thursday, with the aim of combatting hate crimes in opposition to Asian Americans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily Nevada News
May 21, 2021

President Joe Biden signed a new bill on Thursday aimed at tackling hate crimes against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

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...
April 14, 2021
Seong-min Park and Stacey Clouse (both Criminal Justice), along with Logan Kennedy, '12 BA, '15 MA, and '19 PhD Criminal Justice, as well as Young-oh Hong (Korean Institute of Criminology), recently published a peer-reviewed article, "Pathways from Relative Deprivation to Individual Violence: The Effect of Subjective Perception and Emotional...
April 12, 2021
Drs. Ji Won Yoo and David Byun (Medicine), Jay Shen (Public Health), Dr. Georgia Dounis (Dental), and Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), along with Dr. Se Won Lee of Mountain View Hospital and past visiting scholars Sung-Youn Chun, Hee-Taik Kang, Jinwook Hwang, Young-Jae Lee, and Dong-Hun Han published a paper "Regional Variation in States'...
November 24, 2020
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership, Criminal Justice, Honors College, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) had her OpEd, "Handling of COVID-19 in Nevada Prisons and Jails ‘Grossly Inadequate’" published in the Las Vegas Sun. Her piece discusses the rise of coronavirus cases in Nevada's correctional facilities...
August 21, 2020
Alexa Bejinariu and M. Alexis Kennedy (both Criminal Justice), along with Andrea N. Cimino of the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, published a manuscript,  "They Said They Were Going to Help Us Get Through This...": Documenting Interactions between Police and Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth in the Journal of Crime and Justice....