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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 | September 15, 2020

Educational series explores issues on race and seeks solutions for a more inclusive society.

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Campus News | July 14, 2020

Urban Affairs’ Advising Center Crafts Remote Infrastructure in Response to Pandemic

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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Business and Community | June 26, 2020

As virus mandate goes into place, public health professor Brian Labus offers context.

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Research | June 16, 2020

UNLV criminal justice professor Gillian Pinchevsky on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on victims of intimate partner abuse and how society can help protect them in the future.

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Research | June 10, 2020

As more municipalities weigh the future of their police departments, UNLV professors explain what these movements mean and how they would work.

Criminal Justice In The News

Associated Press
September 24, 2020

A statewide standard for Ohio police departments to follow when dealing with mass protests could assist small agencies that don’t have experience in handling such demonstrations and give bigger departments the chance to review procedures, according to the head of the state’s criminal justice services office.

September 24, 2020

A statewide standard for Ohio police departments to follow when dealing with mass protests could assist small agencies that don't have experience in handling such demonstrations and give bigger departments the chance to review procedures, according to the head of the state's criminal justice services office.

The Courier
September 22, 2020

A state board wants to create a unified policy for how Ohio police handle mass protests.

September 12, 2020

Following a summer of protests across the state, The Ohio Collaborative, a statewide panel that works to improve relations between the police and the community, is working on developing a new standard on dealing with such demonstrations nonviolently and allowing demonstrators to perform their First Amendment rights.

September 9, 2020

In response to mass protests across the state this summer following the death of George Floyd, an advisory board is looking into setting a standard for how police departments respond in Ohio.

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.

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Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

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....
July 31, 2020
Pearl Kim, Chris Cochran, Jay Shen (all Healthcare Administration), Ji Yoo (Medicine), Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), and former international visiting scholars Sungyoun Chun and Yong-Jae Lee published a paper, "Trends and Associated Factors of Use of Opioid, Heroin, and Cannabis among Patients for Emergency Department Visits in Nevada: 2009–...
July 14, 2020
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Honors), along with Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA Criminal Justice and English, are recipients of the highly competitive and prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This scholarship...
June 23, 2020
Seong-min Park, Hong Lu, and Joshua W. Donnelly (all Criminal Justice), along with Young-oh Hong (Korean Institute of Criminology), recently published a peer-reviewed research article, "Untangling the Complex Pathways to Confidence in the Police in South Korea: a Stepwise Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling Analysis" in the Asian Journal of...
May 5, 2020
Seong-min Park and Heather Monaghan (both Criminal Justice) recently published an article, "Understanding the Effects of Perpetrators’ Aggressiveness and Victim-Related Factors on Sexual Revictimization: Stepwise GLM Analysis of the 2010 NISVS" in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Through analyzing the National Intimate Partner and Sexual...
April 3, 2020
Seong-min Park, Shon Reed (both Criminal Justice), Jay J. Shen (Public Health), and Ji Won Yoo (Medicine) recently published an article, “The Effect of Marijuana Legalization on the Trajectories of Hard Drug–related Hospitalizations: A Growth Curve Analysis of the County-level State Inpatient Database in Washington, 2009–2015 ” in the Journal of...