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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. Our students also learn about the 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 |

Juan Rubio Pulido joins the first cohort of TheDream.US scholars to graduate from UNLV.

Students in red caps and gowns walk out of an arena in front of a red Rebels Make It Happen sign
People |

The class of 2023 offers inspiration for current Rebels on how to make the most of the journey from student to alumnus.

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Campus News |

The undergraduate course helps the next generation of decisionmakers analyze prison and parole systems function.

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Athletics |

The former student-athlete has returned and is ready to tackle a new position as director of Football Player Development and Community Engagement for UNLV Athletics.

Graduation surprise
Campus News |

News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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People |

The Class of 2023 shares how UNLV helped them find their paths to success.

Criminal Justice In The News


Four years ago, Milwaukee considered banning the use of tear gas and pepper spray on crowds after a summer of protests and civil unrest. That moment was brief. Now, those options remain on the table as the city prepares to host the Republican National Convention next week.

Vegas PBS

The ACLU has filed a number of lawsuits in Nevada on a variety of topics from stopping or standing ban on Las Vegas Strip pedestrian bridges to a new ordinance covering sleeping in cars in Sparks. Plus, we talk to the director of a new film about the Historic Westside.

The Real News Network

Over 70% of incarcerated people who are released from prison in the US will be rearrested within five years of their release date. That’s no accident: our system of mass incarceration sets returning citizens up to fail.

Las Vegas Sun

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is suing Clark County over an ordinance that bans stopping or standing on pedestrian bridges on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Weekly

Walking out onto the pedestrian bridge that connects the Cosmopolitan with the Shops at Crystals, the sound of Felicia Zaharoff’s violin soars above the crowds of tourists, conventioneers and the din of traffic below.

Travel Pulse

Las Vegas, renowned for its vibrant Strip and bustling Resort Corridor, is cracking down on all activities that disrupt the flow of traffic on the city’s elevated pedestrian walkways. So, stopping for selfies or other photos—or for any other reason, really—will become a practice of the past.

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Recent Criminal Justice Accomplishments

Alexandra Nur (Criminal Justice) published an article, "Visits as a Catalyst for Prison Program Engagement," in Crime & Delinquency. The paper explores how receiving visits while enrolled in prison education and vocation programs promotes retention in programming. The positive link between visits and program retention suggests that prison…
Alexandra Nur, Ph.D., (Criminal Justice) has published a new original article examining racial/ethnic disparities in prison misconduct sanctioning. Results suggest that Black, Hispanic/Latino, and White incarcerated persons are punished disparately for similarly severe prison misconduct infractions. The article is available at the Journal of…
Seong-min Park and Christopher Forepaugh (both Criminal Justice), along with a scholar from the Korean Institute of Criminology, recently published a peer-reviewed article, "Understanding the Association of Subjective Perception and Emotional Resentment With Micro- and Macro-Level Violence: A Multilevel SEM Examination of Relative Deprivation…
Sofia Takhtadjian and Issac Hernandez-Alcaraz (both from The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) were selected to represent Nevada as part of the 2023 Western Governors' Leadership Institute, where they attended the Western Governors' Association's 2023 Annual Meeting in Boulder, Colorado. The two participated in the institute’s…
The multidisciplinary social and healthcare research team, which includes Seong Park (Criminal Justice), visiting professor Changsun Kim (Medicine), and Ji Yoo (Medicine) published an article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, October 2022. The article includes a critical appraisal of the HOPE HOME Study, health outcomes of…
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.