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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 | 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.

Protest signs read "Defund Police" and "Abolish Police"
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.

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People | May 20, 2020

National Guard member and UNLV student Jackie Trujillo finds way to balance helping combat the virus with her studies.

Criminal Justice In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 10, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic forced more people than ever to stay home this year, experts feared a rise in domestic-related homicides would follow.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 10, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic forced more people than ever to stay home this year, experts feared a rise in domestic-related homicides would follow.

Sputnik News
June 26, 2020

The so-called "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" or CHAZ has been in place for weeks now and despite its leaders claiming to be able to control the situation, two shootings have already taken place on its territory, with residents not allowing police to intervene or investigate.

How Stuff Works
June 22, 2020

Amid the anger and widespread unrest over the death of George Floyd while being arrested in Minneapolis May 25, 2020, (and then the shooting of Rayshard Brooks by an Atlanta police officer a mere 25 days later) many weren't satisfied just to see officer Derek Chauvin charged with second-degree murder and three others charged aiding and abetting the crime. (Brooks' death is still under investigation.)

Texas Standard
June 22, 2020

Across Texas, more than two weeks of protests have led to conversations about police reform. But some activists want the complete abolition of police departments.

KSNV-TV: News 3
June 18, 2020

While the issue of police reform continues around the country one company that started in Las Vegas is providing officers an option before using lethal force.

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Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

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...
March 13, 2020
Miliaikeala SJ. Heen (Criminal Justice) is one of the 2020 recipients of the Regents' Scholar Awards. The NSHE Board of Regents recognizes students for academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions. A doctoral student, Heen will receive a $5,000 stipend. Heen's current research looks at reducing sexual assault and harassment...
January 21, 2020
Chris R. Cochran, Yong-Jae Lee, Jay J. Shen (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Ji Won Yoo (Medicine), and Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), along with Pearl Kim, '19 PhD Public Health, and Sungyoun Chun, a former visiting international scholar in Health Care Administration and Policy, published an article on "Trends and Associated...