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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

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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People | April 13, 2022

First-generation student strives to increase safety in the entertainment capital of the world.

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

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

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

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People | June 29, 2021

Don't compare this criminal justice major — or yourself — to anyone else!

Criminal Justice In The News

The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2022

For decades, Philadelphia police have wrestled with managing the crowds that squeeze through South Street. Some residents and merchants says the neighborhood has taken on an air of lawlessness.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 13, 2022

To many observers, the grim discovery inspired a callback to a darker Las Vegas past.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 13, 2022

To many observers, the grim discovery inspired a callback to a darker Las Vegas past.

May 9, 2022

Law enforcement is a career that is always in the public eye, whether for heroic reasons or scandal. Currently, our nation’s 800,000 law enforcement officers have even more of a spotlight than usual, though. To start, for the past two years they have been in charge of enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. In addition, there have been quite a few recent high-profile police brutality cases, including officers found guilty for federal civil rights violations leading up to the death of George Floyd. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech also called for the nation to “fund the police” with better training and resources.

Police 1
April 25, 2022

Place-based policing is one of the most evidence-based and scientifically supported approaches police can take to prevent crime in their communities

David Vanguard
April 24, 2022

Over the last couple years, many cities in the U.S. have seen an increase in the number of homicides.

Criminal Justice Experts

An expert in trauma, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, and juvenile delinquency.
An expert in behavioral cybersecurity.
An expert in the field of white-collar and corporate crime, and regulation and corporate compliance in the gambling industry.
An expert in crime science, crime prevention, and crowd management
An expert on women and crime, social justice, intersectionality, re-entry, surveillance, violence, and victimization.
An expert on jury decision making, intergroup conflict, and police use of social media and technology. 

Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

May 30, 2022
Sungyoun Chun, Jinwook Hwang, Pearl Kim, Jay Shen (all Healthcare Administration), Dr. Ji Yoo (Medicine), and Seong Park (Criminal Justice) recently published a paper, “Trends and Age-related Characteristics of Substance Use Hospitalizations of Homeless Population: 2007-2015"  on Medicine.
April 6, 2022
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Peter Grema (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Blanca Peña (Criminal Justice), and Nicole Thomas (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) co-wrote a recent Op-Ed titled, "Students, Taxpayers Once Again Robbed by Higher…
March 29, 2022
Joshua W. Donnelly (Criminal Justice) is the recipient of one of the 2021-22 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards (second place) from the UNLV Graduate College. This prestigious award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated strong pedagogical skills and successfully taught at least two complete classes as the instructor of record in the…
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…