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

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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.

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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.

Criminal Justice In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 22, 2021

An FBI mandate that took effect in January overhauled the way police agencies across the country report crime data, and local police are expecting it will project a rise in crime.

Business Insider
January 23, 2021

One hundred feet and one minute.

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.

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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....