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 | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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.

Criminal Justice In The News

Houston Chronicle
November 8, 2021

When tens of thousands of people are packed into a confined area like NRG Park, crowd surges of some form are to be expected, security industry experts say, and certain precautions should be implemented.

Elko Daily Free Press
November 2, 2021

Daniel Holstein never thought his career as a Las Vegas police crime scene analyst would lead to a lengthy run working in television.

U.S. News & World Report
November 1, 2021

Daniel Holstein never thought his career as a Las Vegas police crime scene analyst would lead to a lengthy run working in television.

San Antonio Express-News
November 1, 2021

Daniel Holstein never thought his career as a Las Vegas police crime scene analyst would lead to a lengthy run working in television.

Austin Monitor
October 25, 2021

Proposition A, one of two local measures on the Nov. 2 ballot, asks Austinites if they want to set a minimum staffing ratio for the Austin Police Department: 2 police officers per 1,000 residents.

Las Vegas Sun
October 25, 2021

Daniel Holstein never thought his law enforcement career as a crime scene analyst for Metro Police would lead to a lengthy run working in television.

Criminal Justice Experts

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An expert on jury decision making, intergroup conflict, and police use of social media and technology. 
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Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

November 4, 2021
Kamali'ilani Wetherell (Criminal Justice) was selected as UNLV’s nominee for the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) & ProQuest 2021-22 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in humanities, social sciences, education, and business disciplines. Wetherell's advisor is professor Hong Lu.  Bryson Carrier (Kinesiology) is UNLV’s...
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...