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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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People | January 4, 2021

Great places are made of great people. Here are a few who made the news in 2020.

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

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Campus News | December 9, 2020

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield to honor four Winter 2020 graduates for their academic, research, and community impact.

Research | November 13, 2020

UNLV students share their stories in a thought-provoking Brookings podcast series exploring immigration in the U.S.

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Campus News | October 9, 2020

Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.

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Research | October 6, 2020

Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute student researchers embrace remote learning and engage in public policy research to benefit UNLV and the region.

Criminal Justice In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 19, 2021

North Las Vegas is planning to expand its municipal court to offer diversionary programs that will focus on rehabilitation for those accused of low-level crimes.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 15, 2021

North Las Vegas is planning to expand its municipal court to offer diversionary programs that will focus on rehabilitation for those accused of low-level crimes.

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 14, 2020

Las Vegas police officers were cited more than 3,000 times from January through October for failing to comply with body camera requirements, according to a report released by the Metropolitan Police Department.

Police Chief
December 1, 2020

The year 2020 has amplified demands for more equitable policing, more efficient government, and greater transparency. As police leaders around the world attempt to maintain order and safety during a period of large-scale civil unrest, they must also address criticisms that existing law enforcement practices include biased interventions and reinforce systemic racism. Many law enforcement agencies are also responding to increasing numbers of serious crimes that disproportionately affect society’s most vulnerable communities, while simultaneously facing calls to “defund the police” fueled by accusations that challenge the legitimacy of their policing tactics. The strategies used by agencies to manage protests and respond to rising calls for service are under heightened scrutiny, yet one might ask, “Have police leaders developed the internal analytic capacity to answer pressing questions about the fairness and effectiveness of their department’s practices?” Now, more than ever, the profession’s future may depend on leaders’ ability to leverage data to understand, acknowledge, respond to, and explain the impact of their chosen crime response and prevention strategies.

November 30, 2020

People encounter hazards every day, some serious, others rare and innocuous. We fear certain kinds more than others, though, and COVID-19 is one of the biggest concerns in 2020. A recent Gallup poll found that 49% of Americans are “very” or “somewhat” worried about getting coronavirus, though that number has been as high as 59% in recent months. While COVID-19 has dominated the news this year, Americans still have other dangers to worry about, from mass shootings to riots to traffic accidents.

Las Vegas Sun
November 16, 2020

There have been 81 murders in Metro Police’s jurisdiction in 2020 to represent a 12.5% increase in comparison to the same time last year.

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Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

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....
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...